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Top of Mind College news and updates on individual achievements.

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Founders’ Day “A celebration of service and citizenship”

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A message from John Crawford, Vice President of College Relations It’s impressive to witness firsthand the Medaille community’s commitment not only to our students, but to our Western New York Region. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, board members and friends alike show their commitment through their actions, which you’ll read about in these pages. I hope you find these stories as inspiring as I do. Our shared successes would not be possible without all of you.

Alex Hersh ’99 Profile of an extraordinary person

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On the Cover Mame Yaa “Laydee” Ankoma-Mensa, Class of 2012.

Saving lives, telling stories and changing minds

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When asked what she was thinking about during the ceremony, Laydee told us, “I did it. There have been people in my life that weren’t able to get to this point in life, but despite what I have been through I made it ... I wish my brother Kofi was physically here with the family. He always talked about this day all the time. And believed in me no matter what the situation was.”

Clinical Psychology A roundtable conversation about Medaille’s role in an ever-changing field

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Home Again Through Their Eyes

Pictured: Samuel Arnold and Mame Yaa “Laydee” Ankoma-Mensa COMMENCEMENT PHOTOS ON COVER AND THIS PAGE BY NANCY J. PARISI

Students changing lives of Buffalo’s immigrants

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Donor Roll Recognizing our many generous alumni, family, friends and benefactors

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SUMMER (GEMMATI) HANDZLIK ’08 ’12 Annual Fund Manager CARLA F. KESTNER Graphic Designer/Publications Specialist JEANINE PURCELL Director of Philanthropy VICKI WARD Director of Advancement Services

Board of Trustees 2012-13 Officers: CHARLES E. MORAN, JR. Chair STUART H. ANGERT Vice Chair JUANITA K. HUNTER, Ed.D. Secretary MICHAEL K. WALSH Treasurer GWYN A. BEYER Administrative Assistant

Stephen L. Cicchinelli ‘98 Lawrence Costa David Elias Peter Freyburger, DVM Horace A. Gioia, Esq. Robert S. Graber ‘96 Ellen E. Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D. Margaret Kafka ‘90

Robert J. LaMastra Michael Moley ‘07 James K. Morrell William H. Pearce, Jr. Darius G. Pridgen ‘07 Heidi A. Raphael ‘85 Robert L. Stevenson Robby Takac ‘86 Rocco Termini

Donald R. Tomasulo ‘79 Kenneth D. Trbovich ‘99 Joseph E. Wolfson Dale Stephens ’99, ’06*

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From the President Is it me, or is time going by faster? Everyone seems to be in a rush these days: in a rush to get to work, in a rush to get home from work, in a rush for the snow to melt and summer to come, and then in a rush for the cooler days of autumn. Add into the mix smart phones with news and entertainment literally at our fingertips and laptops with the capacity to be virtual offices, and the speed at which we can access our information rivals the Indy 500. Here at Medaille, we see more and more that students require a learning environment and delivery systems that meet the demands of their hectic schedules. To meet those demands, we increasingly rely on technology, where we can put our gizmos and gadgets to good use and utilize them to enhance learning and simplify our lives. Research supports our strategic direction, showing the number of students taking at least one online course has increased at a rate far in excess of the growth in overall higher education enrollment. In 2010 Medaille College recognized the busy lives we all lead and created online degree programs, where active professionals balancing families and careers can attain higher education at their convenience, at their preferred location — at their speed. We call it a fourth campus, a virtual world that offers the flexibility and ease of learning anywhere, anytime, any place, with programs designed to meet the growing needs in today’s job market. From a BBA in Information Systems, to a BPS in Health Administration Information, to a BS in Homeland Security, to a Master of Organizational Leadership, to an MBA, Medaille recognizes that students learn best when they are comfortable and can fully concentrate on the learning material. And what better way to motivate and inspire students than by turning the controls over to them and letting them decide when and where they learn best?

We’ve partnered with Greenwood & Hall and U.S. Interactive Media, which will provide enrollment management and marketing solutions that meet the needs of prospective online learners. We’re also cutting down on the wait time for enrollment in our online degree programs to just eight weeks between sessions, making the accessibility to a high quality learning experience even faster than before. All of these exciting changes have certainly thrown us into overdrive here at Medaille, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Because we’re here to serve you — students, friends and alumni. You are the reason we are here, and if our lightningfast response to your needs means you have time to stop and smell the roses, well — so much the better.

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I’m very proud to say that our first class of wholly online students is set to graduate this December. What’s more, Medaille has listened to our student body through surveys and focus groups, and plans on offering expanded online programs in January 2013 and again in September 2013.

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Top of Mind The Sully’s It! cranes and concrete THE CLAMOR OFGot jackhammers, mixers heralded the start of construction season on the Buffalo Campus. After the semester break in January, work on the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center expansion and renovation moved forward quickly. With the roof completed by the end of classes in May, “The Sully” was enclosed and interior construction began in earnest.

Dining services continued for the staff and summer camps that remained on campus, and offices on the second floor relocated for the duration of construction. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and the grand reopening of The Sully will be held in the new Events Arena on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. We hope you will join us.

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Briefs We want to hear about your achievements! Faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to send in news and updates to be published in the Medaille magazine and other college publications. Send an email to: medaille.edu/submit-news.

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Elaine Correa, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education, submitted an electronic presentation and paper entitled “Rites of Passage: Learning that counts! The Struggle Between the Medium and the Message,” which were accepted and published as part of the proceedings for the 23rd International Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (S.I.T.E.) held in Austin, Texas. Keith Klostermann, Ph.D., LMHC, visiting assistant professor in the

Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology, published a chapter in Psychology of Aggression: New Research. His chapter on substance abuse disorders examined the link between intimate partner violence and substance abuse, including defining partner aggression, examining the scope of the problem, describing the prevalence of these conditions and discussing treatment options. He also published work, “Substance Abuse Disorders,” in the 2012 publication Psychopathology: Foundations for a Contemporary Understanding.

The New York Press Association has awarded the Perspective, Medaille’s student newspaper, second place for general excellence in the statewide “Better Newspaper Contest.” Medaille College hosted a dinner for former students and teachers from Mt. St. Joseph’s Elementary School with members of the Sisters of St. Joseph community on March 15. The Student Involvement Center (SIC) sponsored four days of programming in April that highlighted bullying outside of the

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“The Sully work is a truly exciting project for the College, enhancing and expanding the facilities and offerings for the entire campus community — our students, internal stakeholders, community partners, faculty, staff — all of us. It’s a big win for Medaille.” — Nate Marton, director of operations at Medaille

New Members Join Medaille’s Board of Trustees Michael J. Moley ’07 and Robert J. LaMastra joined Medaille’s board of trustees. effective July 1, 2012. Each will serve a four-year term. Moley is senior vice president and chief human resource officer at Catholic Health System. He earned a master of arts in organizational leadership from Medaille. LaMastra is president and owner of Mercedes Benz of Buffalo.

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LGBT community and discussed how to limit its influence and presence in school communities and beyond. Peer mentors and TRiO students joined three Medaille staff at a Buffalo-area Habitat For Humanity house. They spent the day installing fiberglass and foam insulation. This is TRiO’s second year working with this local nonprofit organization. Medaille students and staff participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event at Canisius College on April 13. Forty-

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eight participants were part of three teams: the Relay Raptors (TRIO/ Multicultural Association/ Future Teachers Club), the 4th Down Blitzers (Student Government Association) and The Medaille Mavs (the Tennis Team). They raised a combined $2,900 to support the goals of the American Cancer Society. The College held “Take Back the Night” on April 16 at the Buffalo Campus. This event takes place in conjunction with the New York State Sexual Assault Awareness

Month in April. Brandi Sutherland of Crisis Services’ Advocate Program was keynote speaker for the event. Crisis Services received a Fr. Médaille Award for Service & Citizenship at the Founders’ Day Celebration in 2010.

Poetry by Ross T. Runfola, J.D., Ph.D. , was published by the Poetry Collection of the University at Buffalo Libraries in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April. This is the fourth in a yearly series featuring the work of poets living in Buffalo.

During April, students in Medaille’s Future Teachers Club coordinated a series of fundraising activities to support “charity: water,” a global organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Medaille Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), helped to coordinate a half-day symposium with the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara on April 17. The topic, strategic implications of cross-border business practices, attracted business leaders from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.

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Founders’ Day Celebrating Service and Citizenship

Robert D. Gioia, president of the John R. Oshei Foundation, was keynote speaker. He addressed the state of education in Western New York.

Briefs continued The annual Student Government Association Awards Banquet, held April 20, recognized students who have made special contributions to the co-curricular programs and activities at Medaille College. The following awards were based on student nominations and voting: Best New Student Organization of the Year: Break Even; Most Spirited Student Organization of the Year: Future Teachers Club; Most Improved Student Organization of the Year: Student Activities Board

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(SAB); Student Organization of the Year: Future Teachers Club; Silent Inspiration Award: David Kozar ’13; Student Leader of the Year: Jessica Newcombe ’13. Administrator of the Year: Amy DeKay ’95; Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Amy DeKay ’95 Medaille College Graduate Assistant of the Year: Mary Holland New Employees of the Year: Jon Augustyn ’09 and Jeffrey Siefert Professor of the Year: Gerald Erion, Ph.D.

Staff Person of the Year: Ivey Thomas Unsung Hero Award: Mary Johnson Service Output of the Year: Commons Café Outstanding Senior Awards: Mame Yaa “Laydee” AnkomaMensa; Samuel Arnold; Michelle Artessa; Qawiyyah Blanford; Matthew Coleman; Jennifer Comstock; Brandon Folland; Sarah Gleason; Emily Herr; Mingyue Hu; Gerard Jackson; Christina Knapp; Leah

Lichtenberger; Shelby Little; Sommer O’Donnell; Kenyetta Oliver; Douglas Page; Adina Pera; Bryan Proch; Christopher Ripley; Kathryn Vanderwerken; Jaela Williams; and Rocco Zambito. Outstanding Contribution to Student Activities Awards: Elyse Cammarano ’12 and Jessica Newcombe ’13 Outstanding Contribution to Student Life: Brittany DeBole ’12 and Joe Danial ’12

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MEDAILLE CELEBRATED COMMUNITY service in Western New York at its annual Founders’ Day Celebration in spring 2012, held at the Twentieth Century Club in Buffalo. Three individuals and two organizations were honored for their contributions to the community; all reflect the spirit of Father Jean Pierre Médaille to “do all you can for your neighbors, and expect no reward.” Student recipient Jeffrey Gramlich ’11’12 has done more than give back to our community, he’s given back to our country. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003-2007. While at Medaille, he participated in the Adopt-A-Platoon effort on Veterans Day, working with students and staff to support a local effort to send supplies to troops stationed overseas. He also served as vice president of Medaille’s Student Veteran Alliance group, and was instrumental in building and maintaining the College’s reputation as being a “military friendly school.” Faculty recipient Dr. Brenda L. Fredette has taught chemistry at Medaille since 1996. Her work with Science Firsthand — which engages urban youth in mentoring through informal science investigations — not only has her volunteering, but also her students. Fredette also leads service learning courses where Medaille students mentor youth in a lab setting. Individual recipient Deacon Milania Lullo is a volunteer at Homespace Corporation, which provides parenting services to pregnant women placed in the foster care system due to abuse or neglect. Lullo leads a team of volunteers each week in their HOPE Center (Helping Other People Excel). Organization recipient Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, pairs ailing elderly and their caregivers with trained volunteers. Its goal is to uphold the dignity and quality of life for their clients so they can remain in a home of their choice. To celebrate Medaille’s commitment to our community, the College has established the Heritage Council, a special society honoring those who have demonstrated exemplary service and support to further Medaille’s historic mission in Buffalo. The Sisters of St. Joseph were recognized as the first members of the Heritage Council. — JEANINE PURCELL PHOTO BY NANCY J. PARISI

Medaille College has been recognized by Military Advanced Education magazine as a militaryfriendly college for 2012. The Medaille Scholars Program hosted a community forum on April 18 entitled: “Can the lessons of Love Canal inform the current debate about ‘fracking’?” with Love Canal homeowner/activist Luella Kenny as keynote speaker and lead panelist. Other panelists were Robert Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor at Medaille and certified senior ecologist, and Rita Yelda of Food & Water Watch

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and WNY Drilling Defense. The Office of Disability Services coordinated its annual Disability Awareness Fair on April 26 at the Buffalo Campus, including a talk from Karl Shallowhorn, a certified New York State substance abuse counselor and author of Working on Wellness: A Practical Guide to Mental Health. The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County presented a plaque in May to Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D., president, and John P. Crawford, vice president for College

Relations, to acknowledge the contributions of Medaille’s faculty and staff to its 2011 campaign. Dr. Jurasek is a member of the United Way’s board of directors. The WNY Invention Convention held its annual event at the Buffalo Campus on May 20. Gary Constantino ’06 is a volunteer with this organization, which is led by his wife, Merry. In recent months, two Medaille professors were invited to share their expertise on the local morning television show,

“Winging It!,” on WNLO-TV CW23. In conjunction with National Pet Month in May, Stephanie Westerman, DVM, who teaches in the veterinary technology program, answered popular questions about pet health and how to introduce a pet to your family. In July, Joseph E. Savarese, DVM, professor and chair of the College’s veterinary technology program, spoke about best practices when bringing your pet along camping during the show’s “Camp Week” segment.

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Let Medaille be part of your legacy. Through donating gifts of assets, life income, retirement plans or life insurance, or by naming Medaille in your will, you can help generations of Medaille students by: • Starting a scholarship • Renovating a building • Helping teachers • Improving technologies • Funding a program • Promoting a cause • Providing stipends At the same time, you may reduce your own income taxes, avoid capital gains tax, increase your spendable income, retain payments for life and achieve no-cost, worry-free asset management, depending upon your arrangements. We can facilitate your decision to maintain your Medaille connection and benefit future generations. Please call Jeanine Purcell, director of philanthropy, at (716) 880-2259 or email jeanine.purcell@medaille.edu. Don’t put this off. Get the financial benefits in the present, and help students in the future.

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“I’m not an person.” ALEX HERSH:

extraordinary FOR ALEX HERSH ’99, age is just a number. “I don’t feel it,” said the 68-year-old. “What I feel is lucky.” Indeed, his story is one that you don’t hear every day: a successful professional in his late 50s decides to go back to school to earn his degree and subsequently change careers. Hersh admits that he was never “much of a student” in his youth, as the traditional school setting stifled his free spirit tendencies. Inspired by a friend who went back to school later in life, Hersh said that completing his degree was on his “bucket list.” However, he was looking for something fast-paced to match his energy level, as well as a program he could attend at night so as not to interfere with his professional career as a business owner specializing in estate jewelry sales. Hersh also knew he needed structure so that he could adequately balance his work/home/ academic lives. In a thrilling twist of serendipity, Medaille just so happened to be launching its Accelerated Learning Program that met all of Hersh’s requirements. He became part of the inaugural class of 1999, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Graduating from the program provided his fondest memory at Medaille: “As the first graduating class in the program, we participated in a kind of dress rehearsal for the ceremony. Each student got to stand up and

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make a little speech. One of my friends stood up and said he wanted to be just like me,” Hersh said, clearly touched. Another professor told Hersh’s wife at his graduation that he was the best student the professor had ever had. With his new degree in hand, Hersh decided to enter into a completely different field of work, making another unconventional decision. He is now a registered representative for Mass Mutual, offering his clients sound financial advice through asset management. To say that Hersh feels a strong connection to the College is an understatement. He serves on the Amherst Alumni Board of Directors, was treasurer of the main Alumni Board and actively recruits for both boards. He’s also a generous supporter of the college and has even remembered it in his will. “My family has always been very philanthropic, so it’s part of my heritage,” he said. “Our philosophy was that if you have the means, then show the support to the institution that made you who you are.” Hersh, who definitely has the industry knowledge to back up his claim, says having a will and specifying which

on you wish charities or organizations w to to remember is the sing single best way ensure your legacy is preserved. Sadly, though, some 60 percent of Americans die without a will, which means that state laws will take over and distribute assets according to a generic formula. A common misconception is that someone has to be very wealthy in order to bequeath some of their money to an organization in their will, but Hersh contends that even people with relatively modest assets can make a meaningful gift. “Any amount has the potential to make a huge impact,” he said, using the example of $2,500 left to Medaille in someone’s will can generate an annual gift of $100 for years to come. What’s more, even someone who doesn’t have large cash reserves can still support the college as part of their legacy. “Insurance policies, cars, homes, recreational vehicles, artwork, anything that has value can be left to the school and converted into monetary assets,” said Hersh, who noted that a common fear among his clients is the current economic climate and that “they’ll outlive their money.” “Time and time again, I tell my clients not to worry about the current market; it will recover, it always does,” he said. Despite the economic ups and downs, Hersh is thrilled at how his life has turned out, and is grateful to Medaille for giving him a second lease on life. “My goal is to live life to the fullest,” he said. “I’m not an extraordinary person, but I’ve been given wonderful opportunities and feel satisfied knowing that a bit of my legacy will be with Medaille after I’m gone.”

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College commencement ceremonies represent the transition from academic to professional life. Given the significance of such a day, then, it is important to ensure that such ceremonies leave students feeling inspired, hopeful and confident. In these ways and more, this year’s ceremonies did not disappoint.

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ON FRIDAY, MAY 18, Medaille College concluded the 2012 academic year with its annual graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies held at Kleinhans Music Hall. The afternoon ceremony, held for the nearly 500 graduates of Medaille’s master’s programs, featured addresses by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Ann Lesley Diaz ’12, now a graduate of the master of arts in organizational leadership program. At the evening undergraduate ceremony, recent interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools, Amber Dixon ’90, and Samuel J. Arnold ’12, now a graduate from the School of Education, offered words of wisdom and support to the 400 graduates on hand. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was also present to address the audience. In both ceremonies, the featured speakers offered valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities that 2012

graduates will face. In what she described as the “interconnected, indifferent and breathtakingly fast” modern world, Diaz described the ease with which society has been convinced that the humble act of a single individual cannot affect any sort of meaningful change. However, as Diaz explained, with the right attitude that same interconnectedness, used wisely, ensures that “we can still have an effect on the world around us, even if it is a small one,” a claim she evidenced with recent geopolitical developments such as the Arab Spring. Echoing similar sentiments, the messages of the ceremonies’ featured speakers served as a welcome primer for a class entering a precarious economic climate. Medaille congratulates all of this year’s graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. Photos and video from the ceremonies can be found on the Medaille website (medaille.edu/commencement2012). — KEVIN BATES

Facing page: Undergraduates on the verge of becoming alumni. This page: Pride and enthusiasm at the evening Graduate ceremony. PHOTOS BY NANCY J. PARISI

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A 40-YEAR-OLD READING assignment comes full circle as the book Anne Patrick ’69, SNJM studied while attending Medaille now serves as inspiration for her latest writing accomplishment. Teaching high school in Albany, N.Y. afforded Sister Anne precious little time to earn her degree. She attended Medaille over several summers and one winter trimester, earning her B.A. in English in 1969. One of her final projects was in an educational psychology class where she had to review a book from a pre-selected assortment that was arranged on a table in the college library. “I was immediately drawn to the largest and newest title, Explorations in Creativity,” she said. “I took notes assiduously, wrote a lengthy summary and review, and shared the most useful ideas with my high school students that spring, and later with students and audiences at various ages.” The idea of creativity stayed with Sister Anne. In 2009 she revisited the topic in a lecture given at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. After that, she put her thoughts on the subject in print, writing her second book, Women, Conscience and the Creative Process, which was published last year. The book focuses on Sister Anne’s personal interpretation of conscience, drawing on Scripture, ethics, psychology and stories of PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNE E. PATRICK, SNJM, women’s lives to demonstrate the importance of the virtue of creative responsibility. PROFESSOR EMERITA, CARLETON COLLEGE She has vivid memories of her time spent at Medaille, especially during the summer of 1966, when she and three other sisters were housed in what was a music classroom on the second floor of the Main Building. Accommodations were comfortable, albeit a bit sparse, with only roll-away beds and small dressers for the sisters to use. However, Sister Anne enjoyed playing the classroom piano, and busts of famous composers proved to be handy clothing racks for the sisters’ headdresses. “I recall needing to stay up late one night to finish a paper, so I carried a typewriter across the hall from the ‘dorm’ room and typed standing up at the counter in the lavatory so that I would not disturb the sleep of my companions,” said Sister Anne. She went on to earn her master’s in English from the University of Maryland and her master’s in divinity and a Ph.D. in religion and literature at the University of Chicago. In order to address some health issues, she retired in 2009 from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where she taught courses in Christian ethics, Catholicism, feminist and liberation theologies, and religion and literature for almost 30 years. She is already at work on her third book and looks forward to further exploring the subject of Catholic women and church vocations. Sister Anne has graciously donated a copy of her book Women, Conscience, and the Creative Process to the Medaille library. “I’m happy to offer it for the shelves of the library that helped me get started on this material,” she said. That’s Not All She Wrote Sister Anne’s literary success is the result of years of research, perseverance and discipline. Below is some divinely practical advice for aspiring authors, straight from Sister Anne herself. • Set a schedule. “There are so many other pressures coming from real needs and people around you who need immediate answers. It’s easy to put those ahead of writing,” Sister Anne said. Reserving a specific time for writing each day, every day, ensures consistency. • Recognize when the creative juices flow fastest. Sister Anne knew she was at her peak, from a writing standpoint, in the morning. “My energy and ideas were best when I first woke, so I’d reserve an hour in the morning, before going to class, to devote to writing,” she said. • Treat it like a job. Even though your office might be a coffee shop and your work attire might be sweat pants, keep track of the hours you log writing your book to both motivate and give a sense of accomplishment. “For me, writing a book takes several hundred hours,” said Sister Anne, “but by keeping a log, I was able to track my progress and see that it really does get done.” • Enlist the help of peers. “Ultimately, writing is a solitary, lonely profession,” said Sister Anne. To help her overcome writer’s block and find support among like-minded colleagues, Sister Anne attends a writer’s group. “We share ideas and update each other on what we’re working on,” she said. — TARA ERWIN

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IMAGINE GOING TO your favorite department store to buy new lights, an area rug and maybe curtains. Now imagine that your purchases will impact the health, well-being and financial stability of countless others for years to come. No pressure, right? Those types of decisions, among many others, are just part of the responsibilities that fall under Gary Constantino’s watch as corporate director at the Office of Facility Planning, Design & Construction at the Catholic Health System. Constantino received an MBA from Medaille in 2006. This business training, combined with his primary education and experience as an architect, enable him to assist one of Western New York’s largest healthcare systems’ goals: to deliver the best care in the most technologically advanced and economically responsible manner possible. “Right now, health care costs are astronomical,” said Constantino.

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“Our goal is to make the systems we use more effective and efficient.” Constantino’s piece of that puzzle is the creation of an environment that heals patients before they even see a clinician. He’s accomplishing that feat through the examination of every possible environmental factor, including flooring, building materials, light and sound technology, paint colors and vegetation in the nearly five million square feet of space Catholic Health occupies. Even the hardware for door handles is being considered, such as metallic copper surfaces that kill microbes on contact. “Catholic Health is the model of a high-performing health care system,” said Constantino. “But we still have a responsibility to the patients and physicians to plan and implement the right environment, spending dollars wisely.” Constantino, a lifelong learner, is always on the lookout for skills and capabilities to add to his repertoire. In addition to his undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo in architecture and environmental design, he holds a master’s in architecture from Syracuse University, his MBA from Medaille, and he’s currently enrolled as a distance learning student at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, where he’s working on a master of business administration in sustainability degree, scheduled for completion by 2014. His thirst for knowledge is not only for his own benefit, but for his employers’ gain. “I figure the more tools in my belt, the better, so I can be a stronger asset to Catholic Health,” he said. Constantino chose to get an MBA because he felt he needed to better understand the business and finance aspects of building design, something not traditionally offered to architecture students. Medaille appealed to him because the program’s intimate setting and schedule were conducive to working professionals. “My professors were wonderful, very approachable and they encouraged classroom discussion. I also appreciated that my classmates were from all walks of life, from young graduates in their early 20s, to older professionals in their 50s and 60s who had years of experience. I thought the diversity greatly added to our learning environment.” If Constantino sounds homesick for his days at Medaille, his most recent endeavor is sure to keep at least some of that nostalgia at bay. The WNY Invention Convention, an organization that promotes creative thinking and encourages scientific problem-solving for students in grades K-8, for the first time held its annual judging, awards ceremony and reception at the Sullivan Center at the end of May. As a board member (his wife, Merry, is executive director), Constantino witnessed almost 140 students showcase solutions for problems they see in the world, and the enthusiasm that comes from the creative process. The organization previously held its premier event at another venue, but needed to relocate when they outgrew the space. “Medaille’s location is ideal and everyone has been very accommodating,” said Constantino, who said they’ve already booked Medaille for next year as well. While he admits that the relocation process was a bit of a hassle, “it’s all been worth it, thanks to Medaille.” — TARA ERWIN

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MANY VETERANS FACE an uphill battle when transitioning back into civilian life, especially in higher education. Fortunately for Daniel W. Walker, his combat to classroom experience has been relatively smooth, thanks to the insight he gained while serving, Medaille’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and most importantly, his positive outlook. Walker, a management information systems major set to graduate in 2014, served in the United States Air Force from 2005-11. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (twice) as well as being stationed in Italy. As a member of Security Forces he was never involved directly in combat, but was subjected to a lot of indirect fire attacks. “I learned and experienced a lot, both good and bad,” Walker said. “I got to see the world at a young age and I’m very grateful for it.” Upon returning home, Walker, a North Tonawanda, N.Y.native who now makes his home in Buffalo, looked for a veteran-friendly school that would offer him smaller class sizes and familiarity. “I had a few friends already attending Medaille, so that made the transition a little easier,” he said. Walker enthusiastically dove into his studies, joining Medaille’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a partnership between business and higher education that helps students prepare for the business world through developing projects that specifically meet the needs of their communities. He was a project leader for Crossing Boundaries, a SIFEsponsored workshop in April produced in collaboration with World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. It provided an in-depth look at cross-border trade, especially as it relates to companies sending employees to work overseas. “About 100 business people attended and it was a huge learning experience that helped me grow,” said Walker. Medaille’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides additional funding for veterans wishing to attend private schools, is just one of the reasons the College enjoys a favorable reputation among veterans, according to Walker. Another is its knowledgeable and personable advisors, who are well-versed in answering questions about the College and veteran’s benefits. “This has helped immensely and saved me a lot of headaches of the unknown, since there are so many different options within the GI Bill,” said Walker. While it’s definitely not unheard of for some veterans to encounter a storm or two as they transition from soldier to student, Walker has experienced relatively smooth sailing. “I read a few articles where a lot of vets returning to school feel like outsiders or have rude questions posed to them while in class,” said Walker. “I have yet to really experience either one of those. This is probably due to the smaller classroom setting and the great faculty and advisors at Medaille. I’ve found my classroom experience to be just like any other student attending college.” Walker, who was adopted at the age of 13, also credits his strong support system. “There were some learning curves along the way, but they were fairly easy to overcome, due to a good family, friends and a veteran-friendly school,” he said.

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ONE COMMON PIECE of advice for job seekers is to take on a volunteer opportunity. For Jennifer Westerholt, her career at Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. got its start with exactly that: her role as a volunteer. Westerholt is no stranger to working in education and community service. She has worked for the Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc. (WDC); Cazenovia Community Resource Center; and Global Resources for Education and Travel (GREAT). Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara was recently formed from a merger of Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County and Literacy Volunteers of Niagara County. Westerholt volunteered to plan the annual Cocktails in Character fundraiser. From there, the executive director invited her to work part-time on grant research and event planning. When the position of director of marketing opened up, Westerholt eagerly seized the opportunity. A quote that Westerholt remembers from her course in systems thinking comes from Bill Weeks, clinical associate professor in the Department of Management and Leadership: “I am part of a whole.” She operates as a department of one, and explained how that course influenced her to take a critical outlook at her position at Literacy New York. “Each department here — adult programs, youth programs, marketing and development, and the board of directors — are parts of a whole. I would not be able to do my job well if the programs weren’t successful.” She continued, “I am able to secure grant funding for our programs because they run smoothly and have measurable results.” Westerholt credits the work she did as she completed her master of arts in organizational leadership in part for the recent success of a $35,000 grant for Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (CFGB). The fully-funded grant will support its After-School Tutoring Program. Another part of her master’s coursework impacted her current position. The final assignment in Diversity and Multiculturalism was to create a diversity and inclusion plan, and she chose to write one for Literacy New York, which serves an extremely diverse population, including school-aged children, adults and recently relocated immigrants. As Westerholt explained, “The creation of the plan could only help us as an organization, with regard to fundraising, funders and in the advancement of our strategic plan.” She continued, “This project proved to be worthwhile and beneficial for the organization as a whole just a few weeks after the end of the course.” CFGB asked that the plan be included in the grant application, and it certainly contributed to the success of the award. — KARA KANE

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COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, particularly those as small and student-centered as Medaille, are designed to promote self-discovery and offer an environment that is truly conducive to defining an individual’s character, interests and abilities. For many, the collegiate journey allows for what often seems like a long-overdue break from nearly two decades of familial routine, and grants an individual the chance to separate him or herself from the identity crafted for them through adolescence. Often, this process takes place in isolation from those people — namely family and friends — who defined one’s life through high school graduation. In the case of the Turchiarelli family, however, the developmental aspects of college life were enhanced through the maintenance of those ties that have bound them since birth. Indeed, the tight-knit nature of the Turchiarelli family meshes well with the familial culture of the Medaille community, providing a clear example of the harmonizing of individual and institutional goals and ideals on which Medaille prides itself and from which all students can benefit. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY LU TURCHIARELLI

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The Turchiarelli Family We recently asked the Turchiarelli family, parents Bob and Mary Lu and children Tanya ’08 ’09, Andrea ’12 and Robert ’15 — all three of whom have attended or currently attend Medaille — about their experiences with the school community. Here’s what they had to say: On being a Turchiarelli Bob and Mary Lu: “Overall the Turchiarellis are a loud, active, fun-loving, close-knit Italian family. We love to entertain, camp and be with our extended family. We enjoy projects that involve everyone’s participation and just love being together.” On what Medaille means to them Bob and Mary Lu: “Medaille has been a blessing in our lives. It has given two of our children a very well-rounded, well-educated and positive college experience and we know it will do the same for our third. We knew that a small, individualized institution would suit them best, and have not been disappointed.” On influential instructors and unique interests Tanya: “Anne Pfohl was such an influential faculty member. I first met her while playing in the pit orchestra for the college’s musical. She was directing it and had such enthusiasm. She was exciting and had

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the most bubbly personality. She became someone that I could just stop by her office and talk to if I needed to vent or if I had exciting news. We shared a common love for rats and would swap stories of our little critters that we cared so much about. She was always there to listen or offer advice and I thank her for being there for me.” On what Medaille has to offer Robert: “The best thing about Medaille College is its community. The people are wonderful and independent. I’ve made so many great and diverse friends at Medaille and I look forward to meeting more. The activities on campus make each semester go by so fast because they are so much fun and allow students to take a break from the stress of classes. These activities also strengthen the relationships between students and faculty, which is really cool.” On following in the footsteps of one sibling, and leaving a mark for another Andrea: “When Tanya started college I saw how hard she worked and how dedicated she was. This motivated me to do my very best and give college my all. [Now that I’ve graduated, to Robert I would say]: ‘“Don’t ever lose your amazing sense of humor and wonderful personality. You can do absolutely

anything you set your mind to so keep working hard and know how much I love you and how proud I am of you!’” On today... Tanya: “I bought a house just over a year ago and I am busy fixing it up with the help of my parents. I am working as a Licensed Vet Tech at Thorn Avenue Animal Hospital in Orchard Park and… I find it to be a very rewarding career. I am also working at PetSmart as a dog groomer and teaching Anatomy and Physiology laboratory every spring semester at Medaille — the same lab I remember sitting through when I was a freshman thinking to myself, ‘how will I ever learn this all?’” ...And the days to come Andrea: “My passion has always been working with kids. My dream would be obtaining a job as a math teacher at a middle or high school. However, as long as whatever I am doing involves kids and making a difference in their lives, I will be happy.” Robert: “I’m looking forward to the lounge space and the new fitness center [in the Sullivan Center]. It will be cool for me to experience this for the first time with everyone else. When we look back we’ll be able to say ‘we were there when this first opened.’” — KEVIN BATES

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PEOPLE MEDAILLE COLLEGE’S LEARNING teams are considered a valuable part of its Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). And one learning team in particular could not agree more. The four-person study group — a tightknit cohort comprised of Lisa Arnet, Aaron Berger, James Martinez and Gary Williams — is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program in the School of Adult and Graduate Education. These amicable colleagues, who have been together since pursuing their Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, plan to fulfill their requirements in December 2012 and receive their diplomas in May 2013. To a certain extent, the team’s cohesion stems from a work hard, play hard approach to completing necessary schoolwork and enjoying discretionary downtime. “In the many years we have been together as a group,” Berger explains, “we have learned to work efficiently and effectively while maintaining a fun, humorous atmosphere.” Previously a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, Berger is now employed as senior business analyst — a role that requires him to wear many different hats — for HSBC Bank, USA N.A. Thanks to the group’s synergistic makeup, Williams divulges that its members — upon reviewing the Learning to Fly section of the ALP Guide to Collaborative Learning Teams — decided on the name Gestalt Phenomenon. “The team really helps me stay on track and keeps me focused and driven to succeed,” says Williams, who serves as director of operations for The Evergreen Association of Western New York and is so passionate about his studies that he hopes to one day become an adjunct instructor at the College.

Arnet, vice president of corporate relations for Horizon Health Services, repeatedly named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York, also has visions of standing in front of a college classroom. “Having been taught by such talented people — like Susan Steffan and Kevin Palmer — has given me the goal of teaching at the college level after graduation,” she says. “Their teaching abilities inspired me to want to teach adults returning to school.” As a group leader for General Motors, with almost 20 years of experience in manufacturing, Martinez aspires to make his way as an independent consultant. A distinct benefit of learning teams, he feels, is the direct exposure to a wide array of personalities and proficiencies. “Each one of us brings something different to the table,” he says, “and it is nice to have such a diverse learning experience.” Berger recognizes that the world is in need of more leaders and that his graduate program has equipped him with the proper knowledge, skills and tools to act as one. “This degree has the ability to put me in a unique position to fill a void that many organizations have: too many managers, not enough leaders,” he says. For Arnet, who believes that holding a master’s degree will propel her career to the next level, the feeling is mutual. “My group has helped me see myself more clearly and has helped develop me into a better leader,” she says. “Achieving this degree has given me the confidence to know I can do anything I put my mind to in business and leadership.” — JARED SCOTT TESLER

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BRAD DAVIES ’13 IS not your typical college student. Articulate, soft-spoken and wise beyond his years, Davies’ life — personally, academically and professionally — epitomizes the concept of engagement. Indeed, for this unassuming Medaille senior, serving others is a way of life. For many students, the idea of spending a summer away from school battling fires, saving lives and maintaining one’s church sounds like the antithesis of relaxation. For Davies, such activities make up “just another day.” As an EMT with his local fire department, the Warsaw, N.Y.native spends much of his spare time at home continuing the legacy started by past generations of his family. Constantly regaled with the heroism of his grandfather — a firefighter himself — and continually at the beck-and-call of his cousin, the first-chief of the Village fire department, the roots of Davies’ passion for community service run deep. Surrounded by such selfless mentors, it is no surprise that Davies’ commitment to service has stretched beyond the firehouse. This commitment has also been demonstrated in the support that he provides to his church in Warsaw. Growing up, Davies saw his mother work two full-time jobs to support him while spending her “free time” maintaining the church. Davies points to his mother’s example when reflecting on his philosophy regarding service and integrity, explaining, “My mother has shown me the great values that there are to life, she has shown me the standards that I should live up to and … how to set goals for myself to achieve.” With these lessons in mind, Davies recently took it upon himself to continue his mother’s legacy of service, routinely maintaining the building and grounds and even creating a business plan to help expand the reach and improve the efficiency of the church’s food pantry. Yet, Davies’ desire to serve in whatever community he finds himself has propelled him beyond Warsaw’s limits. In the spring of 2011, Davies was elected as Treasurer of Medaille’s Student Government Association (SGA). The opportunity to give back to the college community he has grown to love, serve as a leader on campus and engage those individuals who can truly influence the lives of students were all factors that contributed to his decision to run for office. Since being elected, however, he has also begun to recognize the personal and professional growth that can come from such a position. Says Davies, “[Being a part of SGA] has forced me to be organized. I’ve learned how to deal with different people and personality types and I’ve learned how to approach and work with [those in positions of power],” attributes that he hopes will serve him well later in life — and allow him to serve others better. Of course, Davies’ unwavering commitment to the happiness and success of Medaille students is not limited to his service with the SGA. He is also a member of the Student Activities Board, the primary source of student programming on campus and an outlet for Davies’ dedication and creativity. Davies came to Medaille because of what he thought it could offer him: small class sizes, a strong psychology program and a good geographic location relative to his hometown. Ironically, over the past four years, Davies has, unknowingly and unintentionally, demonstrated that he can offer as much to the college community as it can offer to him. To Davies, the story just told sounds like an ordinary “day in the life”. To his community, however, he is anything but ordinary. And for that, Medaille is grateful. — KEVIN BATES

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WILLIAM WEEKS, M.S. brings his real-life experience to the classroom as he prepares professionals for their future business and organizational leadership positions as Medaille’s clinical associate professor and chair of the Management Leadership Program. For over 30 years [at General Moters’ Powertrain Division] he specialized in quality management and statistical training, organizational leadership and development. He was also a corporate trainer and consultant for 10 years. “My favorite part of being in the classroom is seeing the faces of students who now possibly see the world differently,” said Weeks. “Hopefully I can convey some bit of knowledge that students did not know before they got to class.” He also loves discussing this new knowledge with the students and exploring how they would apply it in their organizations, as well as how it would be received. It might be safe to assume his extensive background in teaching and consulting in a corporate setting would have easily transferred to academia, but according to Weeks, who has been a full time faculty member since 2001, he took a turn as the student at first. “The transition to teaching at Medaille was not seamless as one could guess, but I did have a background in teaching adults and this helped,” he said. “It gave me some experience on how to handle the adult learner and how to engage and make use of their experiences that are often not my own, but nevertheless very useful.” Medaille’s Organizational Leadership Program prepares hopeful and existing business leaders for how to best utilize their companies’ human and physical resources while maintaining various organizational cultures. It focuses on teaching students how to best manage people, plans and projects. Weeks cited his favorite courses to teach as Organizational Behavior and Systems Thinking & The Learning Organization.

Bill Weeks He said they appeal to him because “both challenge traditional thinking and acting in organizations.” As for his favorite formula to use, it’s (XBar +/- 2.66 Avg.MR) for calculating upper and lower control limits for an Individual X & Moving Range control chart. “Defining common cause and special cause variation is crucial to making the right managerial decisions,” he said. In a time rife with CEOs accused of Ponzi schemes, insider trading and mismanaging funds, Weeks’ views on what makes a good leader are surprisingly uncomplicated, referencing writer, professor and professional consultant Peter Drucker’s definition of a leader as simply someone who has followers. “I think this is right, especially if you understand all the necessary reasons why leaders have good followers,” he said. “I think the idea of service is key to have committed followers. Certainly integrity and honesty are part of the definition,” he said. This avid traveler and golfer has a sentimental side as well, despite a long and successful career in the corporate sector. He says his most rewarding moments teaching at Medaille center around his students and their newfound knowledge. “Anytime a student thanks me for being a useful or challenging influence on him or her is extremely gratifying,” he

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said. “This is especially true when a student says the nature and direction of his or her questions is now different.” As one of Medaille’s most well-liked and respected instructors, the mere mention of Professor Weeks’ name brings exclamations of delight and fond memories from current and former students. “Bill Weeks is one of the most intellectually captivating men I have ever been around. His real-world experience and comprehensive teachings proved to be invaluable in my education. I consider myself lucky to have been a student of his.” – Eric Barbera ’12 “I have him [Bill Weeks] right now. He’s one of the best instructors I’ve ever had.” – Jeffrey Gramlich ’10 ’12 “For me, the best thing about Bill Weeks was he always told you how it was! No sugarcoating, no fluff, no soft rhetorical or theoretical replies. Just good old fashioned, proven, practical answers rooted in real world experience.” – Anthony Cimorelli ’08 “Best professor I’ve ever had. He was always able to incorporate real life examples into his teaching. Simply put, he’s the best.” – James Blachowicz ’09 — TARA ERWIN

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Medaille’s psychology program offers graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling and psychology, as well as advanced certificates in those disciplines. However, Medaille’s Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), set to begin in the fall 2012 semester, is the icing on the cake. Often misunderstood or taken for granted, Clinical Psychology is a fascinating field that is in the midst of some exciting new breakthroughs as well as advances in traditional treatments. Medaille Magazine asked two of its respected faculty and a doctoral student to participate in a roundtable discussion about clinical psychology as a practice and as a course of study at Medaille.

Dr. Lynne HorneMoyer has been with Medaille since 2007 and is the director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a licensed psychologist.

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Dr. Kenneth N. Condrell Before coming to Medaille in 2010, Condrell created the Condrell Center, the first group practice in WNY to offer specialized services to families. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and specializes in children, teens and families.

Lindsay Chatmon expects to graduate from Medaille with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2017. She attended Pennsylvania State University at Erie, where she received her undergraduate degree in psychology in 2008, and completed her M.A. in psychology from Medaille in 2009. A Buffalo native, Chatmon plans to work in assessment in the healthcare field after she completes the doctoral program.

First off, can you define for us exactly what clinical psychology means?

DR. H.-M.: Today clinical psychology is one of the most flexible and respected mental health and behavioral health areas. We have private practitioners, scientists, people doing evaluation for the courts, working in hospitals, outpatient treatment … DR. C.: It’s a non-medical degree grounded in science and psychological assessment that offers psychotherapy and assessment services. It covers people’s lifespans, from infancy to seniors. We could go on and on. L.C.: It’s a discipline of psychology which seeks to integrate the “practice” of psychology with science in an attempt to prevent and treat various forms of mental dysfunction. Clinical psychology is important in that it is the bridge between counseling and medicine. Just as medicine is necessary for physical health, psychology is necessary for mental health. You wouldn’t go to a podiatrist if you had cancer, so why would you go to a general physician for treatment of a problem that affects your mental health? Continues next page

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What are some common misconceptions about psychology and how do you personally clarify them when friends or acquaintances come to you with misinformation?

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DR. C.: We don’t read minds (laughs). Also, that we don’t deal with seriously troubled people — that’s for psychiatrists — that we don’t really offer treatments to people with serious disorders. Or they expect us to prescribe medication.

People confuse us with psychiatry, although psychologists with extra post-doctoral training can prescribe medication in some states, but not New York. DR. H.-M.:

DR. C.: But we work with people therapeutically and work with those who do provide medication. DR. H.-M.: And I like to point out to people that medication works best in conjunction with therapy, and therapy has much longer-lasting effects. When people go off medication alone their symptoms are more likely to return. L.C.: Two of the most common misconceptions about psychology are that it is not a science and everyone who studies psychology wants to either teach or counsel. Many of my friends have said they decided to go into psychology or were thinking about it because it was “easy.” My rebuttal to that is to recommend taking psychology 101 which most people have a very difficult time with. Most of the time I use myself as example to refute these misconceptions … I have an immense passion for this field, however, I have never had any desire to embark on counseling or teaching.

What are some new areas that fall under the clinical psychology umbrella, or some important breakthroughs in treatment?

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DR. H.-M.: There probably aren’t brand new areas so much, but that’s a good thing. We’re seeing psychologists go into medical settings more and more. As we see that most of the big health problems have a behavioral component, psychologists are doing important work with cardiac, cancer and pain patients. DR. C.: A truly new area is positive psychology — not looking for problems, but what is the basis for people having happy, meaningful, satisfying lives. Research in that area has been growing, and it’s very exciting.

Community psychology, psychology of women, and cultural diversity and ethnic minority psychology are three fairly new areas of practice in psychology that have been around for only 50 years or so. Community psychology is concerned with the ways in which individuals relate to society. Psychology of women is concerned with how

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culture and society discriminate against and suppress women, as well as the major problem of having to choose between staying home to raise children or having a career. Cultural diversity and ethnic minority psychology seeks to promote the development of knowledge and understanding of societal and political issues that directly affect racial and ethnic minority groups, as well as the nature of racism and the long-lasting effect it has on mental health. What do you think is Medaille’s greatest strength when it comes to the psych department? Do you think graduates are ready for “real world” jobs?

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DR. H.-M.: Well, within psychology, we’re very clear that our students need a very specific credential for licensed practice, and every decision we make is related to ensuring that is available to them. There’s no question the need is great for our graduates’ services — there’s a tremendous amount of unmet need there, and our students will be trained to meet the need and to advocate on behalf of their clients to make sure they can get what they need. DR. C.: That’s where the practitioner faculty comes in — the faculty know how to meet the needs. Faculty knock themselves out to help our students. There’s a loyalty, and students are a priority, not research and writing papers, but students and their needs are a real priority among faculty at Medaille. They go out of their way to be supportive and helpful. L.C.: Medaille does an excellent job in preparing students for the job market because nothing will come as a surprise. Students having had extensive training in coursework as well as internships will be able to use these experiences and will be better prepared to tackle any position hands-on. Another strength that separates Medaille from any other institution is the level of care and respect they have for their students. Even after graduating from Medaille I kept in contact with my professors and they were always available to meet with me, talk, listen and offer advice. They really care about their students’ futures and not just while the students are attending.

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M.M.: What are some surprising professions for which

and psychology overlap. In fact, many students who are not interested in the science of psychology focus on the arts and often obtain a minor in business or go on to obtain an MBA.

Medaille’s graduates in clinical psych — or any psych — are well-equipped if they don’t want become a licensed psychologist? Does this degree transfer well over to the business world, entrepreneurs, marketing, consulting, etc.?

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Clinical psychologists do work in business, sometimes doing things like assessment for candidate selection or employee assistance, which is treatment provided through the employer, but also using our expertise in human relationships and behavior to help organizations

L.C.: Psychology in general is a relatively young discipline

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To bring the roundtable to a close, is there something we didn’t ask that you really want to get out there? Is there something you think readers really need to know about the discipline of clinical psychology or Medaille’s department? and there are still many naysayers who are not supportive of this field. This is by no means an easy alternative to another discipline such as medicine, however it is just as — if not more — important. It is often easy to get caught up in emotions especially since our work involves people, and unlike doctors, seeing a change for the better is often a slow, painful process. However, it is important that we continue to have students and faculty who care about this field and are passionate about the work we do to obtain advanced degrees and show the next generation that this work is important and necessary — for not only the betterment of individuals, but also society.

run more effectively. I have done consulting with healthcare teams in nursing homes, for example, where the benefit to the resident is achieved based on my analysis of how the team functions or how care providers work. Many psychologists do a bit of consultation of this type. Certainly a doctorate in psychology qualifies one for teaching, although the Ph.D. is the classic degree for an academic career. For practitioner faculties like we have here at Medaille, it would be expected to have a PsyD or two on faculty. L.C.: There are many Medaille graduates who have

no interest in becoming licensed psychologists or therapists, and there are many professions available to them. Some of these include teaching; working at a health care facility doing assessment or working with a primary care physician on treatment plans for patients; working with children in school settings, or even working in industry such as major corporations. This degree transfers well to the business world in that clinical psychologists have a deep understanding of people and human behavior and thus are able to tap into what will appeal to people most effectively, which is essentially what marketing is. Business

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Dr. C: First I’d like to answer the question, “What is the difference between a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. and a clinical psychologist with a PsyD?” Here’s my answer: a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. is a traditional degree that requires a traditional independent research and the learning of a language for pursuing research from different countries, whereas the PsyD doesn’t require original research or a language and instead substitutes practical experience for providing mental health services to people.

Actually, the Professional School (PsyD) movement was initiated because the need for practitioners was not being met by the scientific programs. Now you have to compare program-to-program because there is variability among Ph.D. and PsyD programs in terms of how practitioner-focused they are. Dr. H.-M.:

Dr. C.: The next question I’d like to answer is, “What makes the PsyD program at Medaille so special?” I want to stress that the faculty here has considerable experience, which means they go beyond the textbook and also means they serve as role models. Dr. H.-M.: We’re obviously the only PsyD program in clinical psychology in WNY, but beyond that, we’re committed to meeting the need for practitioners here and nationwide. Psychology has a great deal to offer the world, and graduates of our program will be poised to meet a variety of needs.

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THE EYES, MIND and heart of Medaille College senior Brittany Cowles were opened so wide because of two class projects designed to get students more involved in the local community that she has changed her career plans. A secondary social studies education major from Kenmore, Cowles got quite an education while being involved in the community-based learning project “Home Again Through Their Eyes.” The project was part of Medaille’s collaboration with Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc., which is run by a Medaille Master’s degree graduate and places refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Rwanda, Cuba, Somalia and other distant countries in homes that are only a few miles from the College. As part of her History of Ethnic America class, Cowles and her classmates helped to gather donated items and ultimately set up a home for refugees on Buffalo’s West Side. As part of her Basic Photography class, she and her classmates viewed photographs that refugees took of Buffalo’s transportation, landscape and churches and then took their own photos. “Because we grew up here, we see it differently than refugees did,” said Cowles of the photographs. She ended up seeing a lot of things differently because of the two classes, including her views of refugees and of her native area. “A lot of people — especially college students — see Buffalo and want to get out of Buffalo as soon as they can,” said Cowles. “They see it as a terrible city with a poor economy, while refugees see it as a safe haven and a new start. It kind of gives a different perspective, a better perspective of Buffalo. A lot of people see it as declining, but with all the refugees coming it is not actually declining, it is actually rebuilding itself as a refugee community as well.” She remembers pulling up to the West Side apartment and thinking it was a really rough neighborhood.

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“I walked up the stairs and everybody is helping everybody out and they were way ahead of schedule,” said Cowles. “It was cool to see all the students working together for a common goal.” Then she learned that the representative from Journey’s End had been a refugee. The Basic Photography and History of Ethnic America classes taken by Cowles were part of an overall project that 60 students in five classes at the College were involved in with Journey’s End. Five members of the faculty who teach different courses to different majors got together to collaborate on this endeavor as one of the College’s larger community-based learning projects. The Center for CommunityBased Learning provided planning and coordinating support throughout the semester. Bridget Brace-MacDonald, director of the Center for Community-Based Learning, met regularly with student leaders from each of the classes to problem-solve

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through their eyes and divide responsibilities. Throughout the semester, students in all classes were introduced through short readings, books and film to various topics related to refugees, ensuring that their community service was connected to classroom learning. The entire project was successful in large part due to the funding the College received from The John R. Oishei Foundation to implement Project EQUIP, a curricular transformation of the undergraduate experience. Courtney Grim, who taught the photography course, talked about the two components of the project. “One component was to educate the campus on refugees who are relocated to Buffalo,” said Grim. “To educate the students on what it means to be a refugee and to showcase the similarities and differences between Medaille College students and refugees.” She explained that Medaille piggybacked on the CEPA photography lessons given to refugees by having its students going around Buffalo and photographing the area through their eyes. “You couldn’t tell right away whose photos were whose photos,” said Grim, who added many students didn’t realize there were so many refugees in Buffalo before the project. After the exhibit was finished, the students in Daniel Kotzin’s History of Ethnic America class had to pick the photo they liked and write about it. “So there was a one-page response to the visual imagery,” said Grim. In addition, the students in Alice Villaseñor’s and Bridgette Slavin’s freshmen learning community and in Jennifer Foster’s senior capstone class spearheaded the gathering of materials to stock a home. When Medaille College alum William McKeever ’96 learned of the project, he was inspired to donate a number of items that were used in the final home set-up. The project culminated with a final celebration and fundraiser that raised more than $375 for Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. The executive director of Journey’s End is Molly Short ’11, who received a master’s degree from Medaille and is pleased with the College’s involvement. Short explained that Journey’s End needs student volunteers to help refugees adjust to life in the United States very quickly after arriving with practically nothing. Journey’s End gets three months initially to set refugee families with a place to live, furniture and food. It also tries to help them land jobs if they are immediately capable despite language barriers. Adjustments aren’t always easy. “They can be in refugee camps for decades,” Short explained. The refugees apply for resettlement, undergo a long series of multiple interviews to see if they are truthful and deserve resettlement and have been persecuted. Then security and health screenings can take

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HOME AGAIN up to 16 months. “Less than one percent receive resettlement services worldwide,” said Short. If they make it, Journey’s End is there for them. “I like to say we’re kind of like Mom and Pop for the first three months after they arrive,” said Short. “We find them a home, prepare a home for them, do the basic things like get them enrolled in English as a second language, help them get their benefits, refer them for their employment services.” Brian BrownCashdollar, Development Coordinator at Journey’s End, visited Medaille College throughout the semester to facilitate an orientation, speak on an expert panel and plan with faculty and staff.

The refugees’ life skill levels can vary. “I’ve had refugees who have never been in a car and I have had refugees who have a doctorate in science,” said Short. “We give people jobs regardless of their language skills. We’ve had seamstresses who are sewing holsters for CIA agents’ guns because they are special order.” Journey’s End also provides development programs for education. “Education is one of the priorities that refugee parents have for their children,” said Short. “Their children face enormous barriers to be successful in school so we work with public schools providing academic services for assistance.”

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Journey’s End Refugee Services feels her experiences in a Medaille College graduate program have had a big impact on the way she does her job. “Medaille made me better at my job,” Molly Short explained as she sat at her desk in her office in the Tri-Main Building. “I was already working here when I started the MAOL (Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership). I recognized as the director that I was really good at certain things and not so good at other things and that I needed to get some skills developed. I looked around at different programs that focused on management. I found the Medaille program had a program that really benefitted me. They had a set of classes that focused on what I recognized as what I needed as skills development.” Short is proud of her association with Medaille, as well as the Medaille student volunteers who help the Journey’s End refugees. “Medaille is one of our good partners,” added Short. “We work with all of the universities. We want to train bright young minds to work with the refugee population. So Medaille is important to have in that partnership.” “The use of the student body … tremendously

Grim said the students learned that there can be some similarities about how they and refugees view things. “They learned there is not that much difference in terms of a refugee and someone from Buffalo at the way they look at something visually,” explained Grim. “The reason behind why someone took a photo I think was unique to them. A refugee taking a landscape photograph of a field meant something completely different than what a landscape photograph meant to a college student. “Refugees have been living in a camp for 17 years and haven’t had any space. The Buffalo students were … not about longing, wants or needs or desires. Hardships and persecutions weren’t readily visually seen in the pictures.” “One of my photography students was so inspired by the project that she wants to get her master’s degree and give back to the community,” said Grim. “The Medaille College mission to make students civically-minded and engaged in the community was successful.” Grim was talking about Cowles, who is looking to take courses in English as a second language, leadership and foreign language in graduate school because of her experience with refugees. “I really liked this project,” said Cowles. “I know I want to do something involved in helping people and learning different cultures as well as helping people learn more about American culture.” “It has totally changed the way I view the world and what I want to do,” said Cowles. “Not only do I want to teach about these cultures, which I always planned on, but taking it to another level and helping people.”

impacts the ability of refugees to become settled in the United States because they receive a friendship, a connection and a service that if it is not there can hinder them from moving forward.” Short said 1,500 to 2,000 refugees a year are settled in Buffalo through a number of agencies and that refugee children comprise 10 percent of the students in the public schools. Short said the State Department sends so many refugees here

opportunity to just be children,” said Short, who added there is an extra reason for refugee children to act like kids. “Quite often, refugee children take on many roles and responsibilities for adults because they learn English much faster than the parents. The roles are reversed.” The Medaille student involvement is very important for a few reasons, said Short. “In a city like this, it is important that the next generation of service providers and educators are aware of the refugee population and are able to effectively interact with them,” said Short. “So bigger picture, it is important to have the students involved so they are generally able to incorporate refugees into the community. The smaller picture is the students provide a workforce that in essence we are not directly able to provide. They can spend time working individually with refugee students or adults, working with them on financial literacy, learning how to speak English and give homework help.” To use an advertising phrase familiar to the Medaille community, the experience “changes the minds” of refugee children — as well as the Medaille student volunteers.

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because the cost of living in Buffalo is relatively low, allowing refugees to survive on minimum wage and have a decent life. In addition, there are agencies like Journey’s End to provide important services. Medaille is one of the area colleges and universities providing student volunteers for a Journey’s End Saturday program called “Let’s Go to the Library” that introduces refugee children to the library and provides economic support. “Medaille students are working directly with refugee children providing homework help, playing games, [making] arts and crafts, giving them an

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Medaille announces scholarship support for Riverside students; involvement continues during summer ON APRIL 19, Medaille announced the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Change at Riverside High School, part of an ongoing commitment to supporting the Buffalo Public Schools and the work being done by organizations like the Northwest Buffalo Community Center to revitalize the Riverside-Black Rock neighborhood. Nearly 80 local leaders, community representatives and Riverside High School staff took part in a celebration at the school, at which Medaille announced that it will provide up to $450,000 in scholarships to Riverside High School graduates who attend Medaille, starting in fall 2014. On the heels of April’s announcement of increased collaboration, Medaille hosted more than 40 Riverside students enrolled in the Academy for Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ACE) for a week-long camp entitled, “Environmental Entrepreneurs: Developing Urban Micro-Parks.” Throughout the week, students worked in teams to develop scaled-down business plans, which were presented on June 29 to a panel

of community business leaders who provided feedback to the aspiring entrepreneurs. Among those community leaders present were: Lavon Stephens ’05 ’07, administrative director at Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium; Joseph E. Wolfson, CEO, Health Transaction Network and member of the College’s board of trustees; Philip L. Wiggle, adjunct professor at Medaille College; and Laurie Mahoney, president of Junior Achievement of Western New York. The following week, nearly 40 Riverside students travelled to Medaille’s Buffalo Campus to attend workshops with themes that varied from resume building and managing your first paycheck to exploring career options at a job fair. Beyond large-scale campus events, Medaille is also sponsoring four Riverside students in collaboration with Mayor Byron Brown’s Summer Youth Workforce initiative and has plans for countless more collaborative endeavors with Riverside High School and — KEVIN BATES other community partners in the future.

Dr. Mary Ellen Mulvey, Larry Pernick (executive director of the Northwest Buffalo Community Center), Denise Clarke (principal of Riverside High School), Dr. Richard T. Jurasek and Amber M. Dixon ’90 (recent interim superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools). PHOTO BY KARA KANE

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DONOR ROLL MEDAILLE COLLEGE IS honored by the kindness and support of so many alumni and friends. Listed in this magazine are the names of our dear benefactors who are making a difference in the lives of our students each and every day. As you read the following list, we hope you will see the beauty and strength represented in each gift as donors provide opportunities for students to reach their potential. During the 2010-11 academic year, our alumni and friends provided support for scholarships and financial aid, classroom material and equipment, and extra-curricular activities from team sports to Student Government Association activities. We thank everyone for their support. We hope that when you are asked to contribute to the 2012-13 Medaille Fund you give generously, and early, so we can begin putting your support to work right away. Medaille College’s Board of Trustees freely shared their leadership, expertise, wisdom, and compassion with us during the 2011-2012 school year. When called upon, they stepped up to the plate to serve on committees, purchase tickets, sponsor events, and mentor students. Board members also set an example by giving generously to the Medaille Fund and providing scholarship dollars to help deserving students attend the College. We are most grateful for their on-going support. Members of the Board of Trustees not only share their time and talent, but they share their treasures as well. This year we are honored to have 100% of our Board supporting the Medaille Annual Fund. Ask any student why they chose Medaille and they will tell you about the studentcentered atmosphere and the faculty’s strong commitment to hands-on learning and accessibility. Medaille’s faculty and staff are the backbone of the institution. They freely share of themselves as they help students to achieve both academically and personally. Faculty and staff donate thousands of hours of personal time to work with students one-on-one and in group settings. They volunteer at campus events and in the community. They serve as role models for our students as civic-minded individuals who add much to our Western New York community. Leadership Giving Throughout these pages, the Medaille community is represented by the many generous alumni, family, friends, and benefactors who made a gift from July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012. Leadership donors are specially recognized herein for their exceptional dedication to the College.

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Donor List REPORT OF ANNUAL GIVING 2011-12 This list reflects gifts to Medaille College from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. 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 2011-12 Annual Report. Thank you to all our generous supporters!

* Board of Trustees **Faculty or Staff Member *** Alumni Board +3 Year Consecutive Donor ^First Time Donor

President’s Circle $10,000 and Over – DISTINCTION The James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. FMC Technologies, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Moran, Jr. * + Pepsi Bottling Group Travers Collins & Company + Mr. Kenneth D. Trbovich * ^ The Trbovich Family Foundation $5,000 to $9,999 – COMMENDATION ADPRO Sports + Joyce and Stuart Angert * + Drs. Richard and Barbara Jurasek ** + The Knee Center Liberty Mutual Insurance Group + The New York State Education Department Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry ^ Walsh Insurance Group + William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc. ^ $2,500 to $4,999 - HONOR Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Cicchinelli ‘98 * + John and Patricia Courtney ‘79 Dr. and Mrs. Peter J. Freyburger * + Juanita K. Hunter, Ed.D * + KeyBank + Millard Fillmore Hospital ^ Professor Robert E. Nesslin, CME ** and Mrs. Margaret Nesslin ‘96+ The Vincent & Harriet Palisano Foundation + Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Termini * Upstate New York Transplant Services, Inc. Verizon Communications, Inc. + $1,000 to $2,499 – DONOR Mrs. Barbara J. Bilotta ‘07 ** + Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Carver ** +

Mr. Ronald J. Christopher ** + Coles Restaurant, Inc. + Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Costa * ^ Mr. and Mrs. John P. Crawford ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. David Elias * ^ Gallina Development Corporation + Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Graber ‘96 * Mr. Richard Hamister ^ The Hamister Family Foundation ^ Hart Hotels, Inc. Dr. Judith M. Horowitz and Mr. Alan Thomas Horowitz ** + Douglas W. Howard, Ph.D. ** + Ms. Margaret Kafka ‘90 * + Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kelly Niagara Scenic Tours Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pearce, Jr. * + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Petronella + Ms. Heidi A. Raphael ‘85 * + Mr. Michael S. Raphael + Specific Solutions, Inc. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Stevenson * + Mr. Robert C. Takac ’86* and Mrs. Miyoko Hayakawa Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Tomasulo ‘79 * + Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Walsh * + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Wolfson *

Dean’s Circle $500 to $999 – DISTINCTION Batavia Downs Casino ^ Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., Inc. ^ Eastman Machine Company Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John W. Fronckowiak G&G Fitness Equipment, Inc. + Gannett Community Foundation of Louisville Mr. and Mrs. James V. Glynn Robert and Evelyn Hamilton ** Mr. and Mrs. Tom Healy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hill Illana Lane, Ph.D. ** and Darrell Lane + Mr. Nathan R. Marton ** and Mrs. Mary Alice Demler-Marton + Continues next page

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Ms. Mary McLean Wilson Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. + PJF Publishing + Rev. Darius G. Pridgen ‘07 * ^ Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Robinson ** + Schindler Elevator Corp Mr. Dale Stephens ‘02, ‘06 *** Mrs. Jeannine E. Suk ** + Mrs. Virginia Sullivan and Mr. Wayne McNally Tony Martin Awards, Inc. + Wendel Companies $250 to $499 – COMMENDATION Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John P. Bryant, Jr. + Ms. Catherine Buzanski ** + Mr. Robert D. Chyka, Jr. ‘10 ** + Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Cipolla ^ Robert and Katherine Connelly ** Mr. Balázs Csizovszki ‘11 Ms. Carol S. Cullinan ‘02 ** + Mr. E. Webster Dann Mr. and Mrs. Adrian F. Dedecker, III ^ Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dueringer ‘03 *** Mr. Horace Gioia * + Mr. Gregg A. Goettel + Ellen E. Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R * + Grove Roofing Services, Inc. Matthew and Summer (Gemmati) Handzlik ‘08, ‘12 ** + Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hersh ‘99 *** + Dr. Helen L. Horne-Moyer ** + Mrs. Karen Kosowski ** David and Lynn Kozinski ** + Mrs. Barbara Kurasch ** + Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Kwiatkowski ‘86 *** + Mr. Charles Lapree ^ Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. MacMartin ** ^ Mr. Mark E. Mahaney Mr. Patrick McDonald ** + Ms. Dorothy A. Meindl ‘73 + Mr. Joseph P. Michael Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Niederpruem Mr. Gino A. Pari ‘82 + Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Pawlak + Nancy L. Pugh, DVM ** + Mrs. Deborah A. Strychalski ** + Ms. Kathleen E. Turner ‘72 Mr. David H. Wager ^ Ms. Vicki L. Ward ** + Mr. and Mrs. William G. Weeks ** + West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising, LLC ^ Mr. Michael Wolf ‘06 ** $100 - $249 – HONOR AB&N Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. Mr. David J. Adams ^ Mr. and Mrs. William L. Agronin + Amherst Paving, Inc. Michael and Diane Andriatch ‘69

Mr. Jonathan R. Augustyn ‘09 **, *** Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Beattie ^ Roger and Lisa Marie Benn ‘95 David and Shelley Bernosky ‘72 + Mr. and Mrs. Keith C. Boerner ‘99 Ms. Elizabeth H. Bowers + Mr. and Mrs. James A. Bowers + Mr. and Mrs. Werner Brehm ^ Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Brocato, Jr. ’87 + Mr. Matthew Bucheker ‘06 ^ Buffalo Gourmet Sandwich, Inc. Ms. Birgit Burton ‘89 Mr. Jerry Castiglia Matthew and Angela Champion ‘04 + Ms. Sharon L. Cillis ^ Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cleary ^ Mr. David G. Cooper ‘94 Mr. Thomas P. Cunningham ^ Eugene and Kathryn Deibel ‘73 + The Dillman Family ^ Ms. Amber M. Dixon ‘90 Dobmeier Janitor Supply, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Drew ^ Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Egan, III Mr. Robert Eisman Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Emerling ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fagerburg ‘05 Ms. Charlotte Ferguson ^ Ms. Elaine Ferguson ^ Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Fitscher ‘76 Sara and Robert Fluskey, Jr. + Mr. Tony Forcellini ^ Gauthier Sheet Metal, Inc. ^ Mr. Angelo Genco ‘09 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Gill ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Gioia Goldwing Used Saab Parts Warehouse ^ Ms. Kathy Graf + Mr. Lewis S. Grant ‘84 ^ Tom Greenauer Development, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Head ^ Mr. Joseph J. Heath Dennis and Deborah Heim ‘89 Mr. Richard J. Henchen James and Karen Hornung ‘05 ^ Ms. Shirley A. Hyman Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. Hyman Mr. Arthur Ives, Jr. Mr. Jeff James ^ Mr. and Mrs. James M. Jones, III ‘83 + Mr. Edward J. Kane ‘70 + William and Suzanne Jack ‘91 + Ms. Diane M. Johnson ‘68+ Ms. Carla Kestner ** Kids’ Kampus Child Care Center Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Klaffka ^ Mr. Timothy W. Kolankowski ‘91 Kolken & Kolken Attorneys at Law ^ Craig J. Kopra ‘04, ‘09 and Anita (Hart) Kopra ‘04, ‘06, ‘10 ** Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kozar Mr. and Mrs. Albert Licata ^

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Licata ^ Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale M. Limoncelli ‘88 + Mr. and Mrs. Terry N. Lindenmuth ^ Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Logan ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Long Mrs. Susan Lowrey ** + Mr. and Mrs. John MacDonald, Jr. + Mr. and Mrs. John J. MacDonald + Mr. and Mrs. Mike MacDonald ** + Mr. Jonnie I. Machmer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Doug Mahany + Stephen and Barbara Malcolm ‘73 + Mr. John-Paul Martin ‘80 + James and Grace Matecki ‘71 + Eugene and Jane Matthews ‘81 Ms. Lucie C. McKinney ^ Ms. Jean Mckinney Salcedo ^ Mr. and Mrs. James M. Meier Mr. and Mrs. John G. Mikla ‘02, ‘04 + Mr. and Mrs. James K. Morrell * ^ Mr. and Mrs. John P. Murphy + Mr. and Mrs. John G. Newman ^ Ms. B. P. O’Donnell ^ Mr. and Mrs. Rob Palano Ms. Lillian Petrichko Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Pihlblad ‘11 + Mr. and Mrs. John Pond ** ^ Mr. Fred Price ^ Prudential Foundation Ms. Jeanine Purcell ** ^ R.W. Caldwell Associates, Inc. ^ Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Renodin ^ Mr. Edward J. Reska ‘71 + Ms. Deb Riggsby ^ Mr. J. Leonard Rizzo, Jr. ‘80 Mr. and Mrs. William M. Schickling Mr. Steve Schragel ^ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Scully + Mr. and Mrs. Donald Seitz ^ Ms. Donna Sinclair Mr. Steve W. Smith ^ Ms. Barbara A. Smithgall ** + Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sokolowski + Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Stark ^ Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stoeckl ^ Ms. Aurelia Sturman ^ Ms. Mary J. Syrek ‘67 + Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Szczepanski ** T.P. Woodside, Inc. ^ Ms. Carol J. Tomczak Tri Main Development, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Santo L. Tricarico ‘84, ‘88 Mrs. Stephanie Tustin-Fuchs ^ Mr. and Mrs. James R. Twardowski ^ Ulrich Sign Company, Inc. Michael and Debra Tylwalk ‘98, ‘09 + Ms. Anna Walters ^ Mr. and Mrs. Steven H. Walters ‘79 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Wantuck + Mr. Arthur L. Weathersby ‘88 Westcott Insurance Agency + Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Woodward ‘91

Ms. Karin A. Ziegler ’06 and Mr. Ronald J. Smith

Friend of Medaille $1 - $99 – DONOR Anonymous (4) Mrs. Anne Marie Agostinelli ‘71 Mrs. Margaret Alfano Ms. Alice J. Arpin ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Arrien ^ Mr. Frank Artessa ^ Mr. Emil Augustin ^ Mrs. Lorraine Augustynek ^ AXA Advisors/Equitable AXA Foundation Ms. Susan Axon ^ Ms. Marra Babagana ‘08 ^ Ms. Melissa Babiarz ‘07 Mr. Raymond Bailey ‘06 **, *** + Ms. Melissa A. Baliva ‘11 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Banach + Mr. Charles U. Banta Mrs. Kimberli A. Brown-Barcus ‘05 Mr. Steve Barnett ^ Mr. and Mrs. David Barnstable + Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Barrancotta + Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Barrett Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Battaglia + Mr. and Mrs. Lance Baxter ‘07 + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Beale ‘83 Mr. William Beattie ^ Dr. and Mrs. Howard Benatovich ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Mark P. Benton ** + Mr. Victor Berg Mr. John W. Beutel, II ‘04 Mrs. Gwyn A. Beyer ** + Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bird ^ Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Block Ms. Michaeleen Boudeman ^ Mr. Patrick Bourcy ^ Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Boyd, Jr. + Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Boyd ^ Mr. Edward Boyzuck Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Brawn ‘08, ‘10 ^ Ms. Bridget Brown ^ Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brown ‘87 + Ms. Rochelle N. Brown ‘01 Mr. and Mrs. Arnold N. Brunswick Mrs. Kathryn Bucierka ‘89 Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bucki ^ Mr. Chaz E. Bulera ‘11 ^ Ms. Mary M. Burke ‘86 + Mr. Patrick M. Burke ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Burke, Jr. ‘87 + Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Burnham ^ Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin J. Buscarino Ms. Susan K. Butenschoen ‘85 Continues next page

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Mr. Nicholas M. Calandra ‘11 ^ Mr. Kenneth R. Cameron ‘07 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Campbell Ms. Patricia Campos-Besu ‘06 ^ Ms. Holly A. Carmichael ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Carroll Ms. Marie C. Casillo ‘76 Mr. Anthony F. Cassine ‘11 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Fabian C. Catalano + Mr. Fernan R. Cepero ** + Ms. Rose Marie Cherico ‘96 + Mr. and Mrs. Richard Childress ^ Michael and Carin Chmurzynski ‘77 + Mr. Kevin Christiano ^ Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cintineo ^ City of Lockport Youth & Recreation ^ Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Clohessy, Jr. + Edward and Christine Clothier ‘73 Mrs. Amy LaPenna-Coddington ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. F. Hugh Collins Ms. Patricia Colterman ^ Ms. Amanda Colvin ‘11 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Condello Mr. Benny F. Constantino ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Constantino ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cook ^ Mr. and Mrs. Scott Corcoran ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Cornell ‘91 + Mr. and Mrs. John C. Cotton ‘82 Mrs. Jacqueline J. Craigue ‘82 + Ms. Kelly Cruttenden Mrs. Barbara Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan S. Curlee + Mr. John E. Curtin ‘70 + Ms. Earnestine Cusak ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Danial Ms. Doris M. Davis + Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Davis + Mr. Jeffrey L. Dean ^ Ms. Stacy Decker Mr. Neil R. Dengler ‘97 and Mrs. Leah J. Dengler ‘03 + Mrs. Nancy E. Denny ^ Mr. and Mrs. Russell Devans ^ Ms. Heather E. Dexter ^ John and Donna Dickey ‘82 ** Mr. Thomas DiLuzio ‘08 Mr. Kostas Dimitriadis ^ Mr. and Mrs. David Dimmitt ^ Ms. Judith T. Diviak ‘73 + Mr. and Mrs. George J. Dixon, Jr. + Mr. and Mrs. Andrew S. Donovan ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. Doolittle Mrs. Christine A. Dougherty ‘98 Ms. Betty A. Doyle ^ Daniel and Diane Doyle ‘73 Ms. Karen Drass ^

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Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Drozda Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Dugan ‘83 Paul and Diane Dumansky ‘97 Mr. Matthew P. Dunford ‘11 ^ Dr. Susan M. Dunkle ** Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Dzimian ‘87 Eastside Basketball ^ Ms. Beverly C. Eckam ^ Dr. Stephen Edge ^ Mr. and Mrs. James Engleman, Jr. Mr. Jason L. Entress ^ Mrs. Christine M. Evans ^ Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Evans ‘79 + Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick W. Eye Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Farrell ‘84 Ms. Irene J. Ferguson ^ Mrs. Sheila E. Ferguson Holmes ^ Mr. Charles T. Fieramusca, Jr. ** Mrs. Rita L. Fischer ‘82 Mr. and Mrs. Marty Flood Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Florczak Dr. and Mrs. Frank D. Floyd Bee and Lucy Fogan ‘79 + Mr. and Mrs. James Frascati + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Freitas + Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fry Mr. Nick P. Futa ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. Charles Galante ^ Mr. Anthony Garrow ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Garvin ^ Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Gauthier ^ Mrs. Mary Gauthier ^ Richard and Patricia Gehring ‘87 + Mr. Christopher M. Gengo ‘02 + Geo Drain, Inc. Ms. Evelyn C. Gibbons ‘87 Joseph and Nancy Gier ‘91 Frank and Susan Giglio ‘71 ^ Ms. Cheryl R. E. Glamack ^ Paul and Paula Glauber ‘81 Mr. John F. Gleeson ^ Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Gleeson ^ Mr. and Mrs. John A. Glover ^ Mrs. Lynette M. Goldin ^ Ms. Sarah K. Goller Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Gorsuch ^ Mr. Scott D. Gorton ‘97 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graber Mr. and Mrs. Alan H. Graham Mr. Gerry Gregoire ^ Mr. and Mrs. Terence Griffin ^ Mrs. Sherrie A. Gustas ‘00 ^ Ms. Mary Ann Guz ^ Mrs. Mary A. Haden ‘94, ‘99 + The Hair Loft ^ Mr. Raymond A. Halbert ‘07 ^ Mr. Gary A. Halicki ‘77 **

Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. Hall, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerhardt Halper Mr. and Mrs. James D. Halstrom ^ Ms. Anna Hammond ^ Lee and Maura Harris ‘74 + James and Patricia Hart ‘67 Mr. Dennis Hartman, Jr. ‘08 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Hartnett + Francis and Dorothy Haselbauer ‘79 + Mr. Donald Hayward ^ Ms. Nancy Heck ^ Ms. Mary T. Helak ‘05 Mr. and Mrs. Adam H. Hellman ^ Mr. and Mrs. William Henchen Ms. Dorothy P. Henneman Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hennessey + Mrs. Mary Joan Hess Moore ‘69 + George and Marcia Hillock ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Ken J. Hinterberger ^ Mr. and Mrs. Mark N. Hjalmarson ‘00 + Mr. and Mrs. James C. Hoffarth ‘87 Ms. Kathryn A. Holmes ‘87 Ms. Laura Hoover ‘10 ^ Mrs. Ann Horn-Jeddy ‘99, ‘06 **, *** + Mr. James M. Horner ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Gary K. Hudson ^ Mr. Michael E. Hudson William and Janet Hulme ‘95 ^ Daniel and Christine Hunt ‘88, ‘06 + Donald and Mary Hustead ‘71 Ingersoll-Rand Charitable Foundation James and Christine Isbrandt ‘70 Ms. Donna M. Jackson ‘96 + Mr. and Mrs. Franklin B. Jackson + Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Jackson Robert and Myrtis Jackson ‘78 + Mr. Terrance J. Jackson ^ Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Jackson Ms. Kelly A. Jacoutot ^ Ms. Mary E. James ^ Lawrence and Teresa Jarmuz ‘75 + Jim Ludtka Sporting Goods, Inc. ^ Ms. Lequitha P. Jones ^ Mr. Richard C. Jones ‘74 + Ms. Beth Ann Jones Rice ‘99 *** The Joshua Group ^ David and Deborah Kaczmarski ‘91 + Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas M. Kanutsu ‘11 + Ms. Susan Kawecki ^ Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kelly ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kelly ^ Paul and Mary Ketterer ‘72 + Mr. Andrew Kettles Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kibler ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kieta ^ Mr. Joseph Kilijanski + Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kilijanski

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kilijanski Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Kindron Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Kindron ^ Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kinne Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kinne Mr. and Mrs. Eric N. Klaffka ^ Mr. George F. Klapthor + Mr. and Mrs. Burton J. Kleinman ** Mr. and Mrs. Bill Klimowicz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Koerber ^ Kenneth and Maryann Kolniak ‘05 + Ms. Eileen Kopper Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kowalski, Jr. ^ Casimir and Frances Kozminski ‘81 + Mr. and Mrs. William A. Kraft, Jr. ‘81 Kraft Foods Foundation Edward and Janice Kramer ‘74 + Mr. Donald S. Kreger ‘06 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Raymond M. Krehel + Mrs. Mary E. Kreher Mr. Peter Kresher + Henry and Donna Kropidlowski ‘85 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Kryszak Ms. Irene C. Kurtz + Mr. and Mrs. Klyde D. Kurtz + Mr. Nathaniel Kurtz Ms. Anne M. Lalli ^ Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Lalli ^ Ms. Andrea LaMastra ‘10 ^ Ms. Holly M. Lange ‘00 Ms. Diane D. Laskowski Mr. Roger F. Lavocat ‘07 + Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Lazzaro ^ Ms. Rose Mary Leaper ‘71 Ms. Bertha Lengauer ^ Mr. and Mrs. Peter Leslie ^ Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Levan + Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Lewis ‘72 Ms. Michelle Liberatore ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert P. Licata ‘77 Ms. Joni Licata ^ Tara B. Lillis Attorney at Law ^ Mr. Todd D. Lindenmuth ^ Ms. Arie Lipsky Mr. and Mrs. John Livingston, III Mr. Robert F. Lloyd ^ John Lockwood and Bonnie Kane Lockwood ‘87 *** Mr. and Mrs. Frank Loiacono, Jr. ^ Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Lombardo Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Long, Jr. Mrs. Gloria A. Lorber ‘74 + Leroy and Veronica Love ‘11 ^ Ms. Margaret Ludtka ^ Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lumadue, Jr. Continues next page

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Mr. and Mrs. Tim MacDonald + Mr. and Mrs. John Maddock Mr. and Mrs. Geordie Magee ^ Ms. Jennifer Mahan ^ Ms. Sharon A. Malo ‘91, ‘09 + John and Ann Mancuso ‘85 Mr. Randy Marble ‘04 + Ms. Jeanne C. Marcella ‘08 *** ^ Ms. Joan Margarucci ^ Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Martin ^ Mr. Robert Martin ^ Mr. and Mrs. John E. Matheny ^ Mr. and Mrs. John L. Matheny ^ Mr. Leonard Mattie ^ Mr. and Mrs. James R. Matz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mazurek Ms. Bertha Mazurkiewicz ^ Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. McCrea, Jr. ** ^ Mrs. Michelle L. Mcghee ^ Hugh and Margaret McLean ‘98 + Mr. and Mrs. Don McMahon Ms. Ashley McNulty ‘06, ‘11 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gary O. Meetze ^ Mr. and Mrs. Otilio Mendiola ^ Mr. and Mrs. Cormic K. Merle ** + James and Jean Metzler ‘97 + Mr. and Mrs. John L. Michalski ** ^ Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Militello Mr. and Mrs. Harold Milks ^ Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Millard ‘88 Mr. and Mrs. Bradley A. Miller Ms. Mariann E. Miller ‘94 Ms. Irene M. Minnick + Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Mogavero Joseph and Nancy Mole ’05 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Monczynski Ms. Kelly A. Mong ^ Moog, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James S. Morrison ^ Mr. Thomas A. Munch ^ Dr. and Mrs. Ken Munroe ^ Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Murphy + Mr. Dale Mussen ^ Roy and Susan Myers ‘77 Ms. Cindy Nadolny ^ Ms. Susan M. Napier ^ Ms. Karen Nelson ‘06 + Mr. Michael Anne Nemeth ^ Ms. Regina Nesterenko ^ Jon and Linda Nichols ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nicosia Robert and Jennifer Nowak ‘06 ^ Mrs. Megan D. Oakes ^ Ms. Shannon O’Brien ‘08 + Mr. and Mrs. Timothy O’Connor

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth O’Donnell ^ Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O’Hanrahan + Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Oliver ‘89 Mr. and Mrs. Michael O’Neil ^ Ms. Phyllis A. Ostrowski ‘75 Robert and Jane O’Sullivan ‘74 + Mr. Carmelo Palano ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pandolfi ^ James and Doreen Park ‘93 + Ms. Clara M. Parnell ^ Ms. Mary Beth Parrinello ‘81 Ms. Martha Parzych-Short Ms. Sally Ann Pasternak ‘81 + Mr. Jason Perri ** + Ms. Mary M. Perrone ^ Ms. Michelle Peruzzini ‘07 ** + Ms. Maureen E. Petrilli ^ Franklin and Clarise Phelps ‘00 + Ms. Rita Piazza ‘10 Ms. Julieanne Pickard Thomas and Karen Pierino ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Piesczynski ‘04, ‘06 + Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Pinnisi, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Pizzuto ‘91 Mr. and Mrs. Carl M. Price ^ Mr. Joseph M. Provenzola ^ Mrs. Marianne Provenzola ^ Mr. Jordan Pulaski ‘11 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Sean P. Quinn ** + Ms. Emily Rankin ‘08 ^ Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Rath Mr. and Mrs. John Reeb ^ Ms. Jennifer Reid ^ Mr. and Mrs. Russell R. Reisdorf + Mr. Joseph D. Reno Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Repertorio Mr. William S. Reynolds ^ Mr. Jeffrey D. Ricci ‘09 ^ Ms. Nancy Rich ^ Ms. Mary C. Richardson ^ Mr. Timothy Riley ^ Mr. Rodney Rinard ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Ripley, Sr. Ms. Virginia Rizzo ** + Mr. and Mrs. Lemar H. Robinson ‘90 Dr. and Mrs. S L. Roistacher ^ Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Root ^ Mrs. Cecelia M. Rosiek-Bauer ‘78 + Ms. Suzanne Rudolph ^ Edward and Linda Runte ‘94 Mrs. Joan M. Russ-Brewer ‘92 + Mr. Edward M. Russell ^ Howard and Sharon Russell ‘82 + Ms. Jessica Sauberan ‘06 Mr. and Mrs. Allen Sauers ‘85 +

Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Saxton Ms. Shirley M. Schaffner + Ms. Mary Ann Schaller ‘72 Robert Schemel and Christine White-Schemel ‘93 David and Veronica Schendel ‘80 Mr. David J. Scherer + Mr. Kenneth Schiller ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ron Schiller ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schmidt ^ Mr. and Mrs. Kevin S. Schnirel + Donald and Eunice Schroeder ‘74 + Craig Scime ‘98, and Krystal Centinello-Scime ‘06 Ms. Joan Selice ^ Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence P. Sendlak Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Senecal ^ Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Seward ^ Mrs. Patricia L. Sheehan ‘99 Charles and Rose Sickler ‘70 + Siemens US Ms. Mercedes V. Simmons ‘10 Ms. JoAnne Sims ** Ms. Rita L. Singleton ‘74 + Mrs. Sandy E. Sivick ‘03 ^ Ms. Martha A. Skolikas ‘86 + Ms. Deborah C. Slisz ‘74 + Mr. Gary Smith ^ Mr. and Mrs. Warren J. Smith ^ Ms. Linda A. Smolen ‘73 + Mr. and Mrs. Dale Snyder ^ Ms. Lea Ann Sommer ^ Mr. Alan Sorensen ^ Mrs. Misty Spano ‘95 + Mr. and Mrs. James F. Sparks ^ Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Spaulding + Russell and Sharon Staffeldt ‘70 Ms. Julia Stahura + Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stang, Jr. ^ Karl and Marcia Stang ‘89 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stang ^ Mr. Michael Stang ^ Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Stark ^ Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Stevens + Mrs. Ruth N. Stoj ‘93 + Ronald and Helen Stoll ‘88 Ms. Heather Stunkel ‘07 ^ Mr. Kenneth Sturman ^ Arthur and Rosemary Sullivan ‘81 Mr. Gerard J. Sussina Walter and Carolyn Swanson ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Takac ^ Ms. Jessica Tapia ^

Francis Roselli and Candyce Thayer-Roselli ‘90 Ms. Marlene Thomas Mrs. Mary E. Toczek ‘73 + Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Traver + Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trester Mr. and Mrs. John J. Trojanowsky ‘75 + Mrs. Michele L. Turner ‘98 ^ Dr. John H. Twist, D.D.S. + Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tyno ^ Mr. and Mrs. Michael Unterborn Mr. and Mrs. Francis Valente ^ Mr. and Mrs. Frank Valente ^ Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Valentine Ms. Megan Valentine ‘04 Ms. Barbara M. Vanderwerken + Ms. Lori A. Vanderwerken + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. W. Vecere ^ Mr. Ivo J. Verbeek ‘04 ^ Mr. Kenneth J. Vetter ‘79 *** + Mr. Paul Viola ^ Mr. and Mrs. Donald Voelkel The Waclawek Family ^ Damon and Angela Walter ‘00 Mr. and Mrs. John A. Walter Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Walter + Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Walter ^ Mr. Michael E. Walters Mr. and Mrs. David C. Ward ‘73 + Kurt and Donna Ward ‘91 Mr. and Mrs. Frederick D. Watson + Mr. and Mrs. Steven Watt ^ Mr. and Ms. David Weber ^ Ms. Janelle Weber ^ Mr. and Mrs. Brian E. Webster ** Mrs. Rita Wells Mr. and Mrs. Mark F. Werner ‘76 ^ Tad and Amber Wesser ‘04, ‘06 Mr. Paul Wetzel ^ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wetzel ^ Ms. Tera L. White ‘07 James and Deborah Wiede ‘72 + Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Williams ‘00 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Williams, III Michael and Sheila Wirth ‘75 David and Rita Wolff ‘79 Winslow and Donna Woodruff ‘72 Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Yendall ** Ms. Mary A. Zasada + Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Zeis ‘11 ^ Ms. Diane Zemla Mr. Jack R. Zienski ^ David and Lori Ziolkowski ‘91 + Continues next page

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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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 who elected to partner with us as they provided products, and/or services during the fiscal year. Listed below are donors who generously gave to the College through in-kind gifts and events, including Founders’ Day, the Downing Golf Classic and the Reindeer Run.

Event Sponsors Founders’ Day $10,000 – EVENT SPONSOR Phillips Lytle LLP $7,500 – GOLD SPONSOR M&T Bank The M&T Charitable Foundation $5,000 – SILVER SPONSOR Delaware North Companies, Inc. $2,500 – BRONZE SPONSOR Aramark Facility Services Elbers Landscape Service, Inc. Merchants Insurance Group $1,500 – TABLE SPONSOR Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. R&P Oakhill Development, LLC Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC Walsh Insurance Group $1,200 – TABLE SPONSOR John W. Danforth Company Medaille College Student Government Association Travers Collins & Company ADVERTISING SPONSOR Globalquest Staffing Solutions, Inc. Industrial Power & Lighting Corp. Lord Amherst, Inc. Valley Community Association Downing Golf Classic $10,000 – PRESENTING SPONSOR R&P Oak Hill Development, LLC $5,000 – GOLD SPONSOR Aramark Facility Services Buffalo Office Interiors, Inc. M&T Bank The M&T Charitable Foundation

$2,500 SILVER SPONSOR Chaintreuil Jansen Stark Architects, LLP Delaware North Companies Elbers Landscape Service, Inc. Merchants Insurance Group Phillips Lytle LLP Superior Contracting, Inc. $1,000 – BRONZE SPONSOR Anonymous Annese & Assoc., Inc. Aurora Plumbing Company Bonadio & Co., LLP Capital Management Services L.P. Chartwells CVM Electric, Inc. John W. Danforth Company DWC Mechanical, Inc. Fabcon, Inc. Friends of Joel Giambra Larkin Development Group Lumsden & McCormick, LLP The McGuire Group MCPc, Inc. Medaille College Bookstore Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo PCS Plumbing and Heating Pearce & Pearce Co., Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group SimplexGrinnell Sonitrol Security Systems Travers Collins & Company WNY Immediate Care HOLE-IN-ONE SPONSOR Northtown Automotive Companies TEE SPONSOR AJ Baynes Freight Contractors American Household Bonadio & Co., LLP Bronsky & Company Cannon Design CHA Sports Chef’s Restaurant Clarence Car Wash Colucci & Gallaher, P.C. Custom Carpet Centers CVM Electric, Inc. Eaton Office Supply Dr. Peter Freyburger *, Brighton Eggert Animal Clinic G&G Fitness Equipment, Inc. Gabe’s Collision Gallina Development Corporation Geico Insurance Co. Group Lacasse Office Furnishings Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Haworth, Inc. Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Jean Jurek Associates, Inc. KeyBank

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP Lynn Associates, Inc. NOCO Energy Corporation Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY Rossitto & Salvo Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola Rural Metro Corporation Scheff Investment Group, LLC Signature Development Solar Liberty Energy Systems, Inc. Summer Street Capital Partners Valu Home Centers Vanner Insurance Agency Walsh Insurance Group Wittlin, Cain & Dry William Schutt & Associates Zaxis Architectural, P.C. Reindeer Run $1,500 – VIXEN SPONSOR BlueCross BlueShield of WNY $500 – COMET SPONSOR Medaille College Student Government Association $250 – BLITZEN SPONSOR Great Lakes Athletic Fields, Inc. Orville’s Appliances IN-KIND GIFTS Adventure Speedway Adventure Landing Albright-Knox Art Gallery Alexandra Amherst Pizza & Alehouse, Inc. Anderson’s Frozen Custard Banchetti by Rizzo’s Black & Blue Steak and Crab Bob-O-Link Golf Club, Inc. Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bisons Buffalo Office Interiors, Inc. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Wild Wings Capello Salons & Day Spa Chef’s Restaurant Coffee Pause Corvette Cleaners Country Florists Crystal Rock Bottled Water Darien Lake Theme Park Resort Dick’s Sporting Goods Eaton Office Supply Co., Inc. Edible Arrangements Flying Bison Brewery

Mr. Horace Gioia * Robert and Evelyn Hamilton ** Haworth, Inc. Irish Classical Theatre The Irishman Pub & Eatery The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Kabab & Curry Kaleidoscope Labatts Lamar Outdoor Advertising Loughran’s Bar & Restaurant Maid of the Mist Corporation Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale Market Mr. and Mrs. Steve Mead Melting Pot Merchants Insurance Group Michael’s Florist Mighty Taco Mineo & Sapio Mischler’s Florist MusicalFare Theatre New York Jets Niagara Chocolates North Park Florist Old Orchard Inn Oliver’s Restaurant Opici Pano’s Resturant Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pearce, Jr. * + Pepsi Bottling Group Pizza Plant Premier Liquors Red Coach Inn Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ripstein Roswell Park Cancer Institute RSNP Diamond Exchange Russ Salvatore Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Schindler Elevator Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Sheridan Animal Hospital Siena Resturant Sky Zone Sorrentino’s Spaghetti House Status Limousine Corp Stitch Witchery Target The Glen Park Tavern Thorn Ave Animal Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Tomasulo ‘79 * + Tops Markets Transit Valley Pro Shop The Trillium’s Courtyard Florist The Wehrle Golf Dome Zoladz Limousine

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ATHLETICS

THE DEPARTMENT OF Athletics honored T student-athletes at its annual spring reception on May 7. Male Athlete of the Year went to Alexander Rouse ’12, for his contributions to the men’s soccer team. Co-Female Athletes of the Year were given to Tanisha Travis ’12 of the women’s basketball team, and Meghan Fahy ’13 of the women’s volleyball team. Doug Page ’12 received the Maverick Award for his valuable eff e orts on behalf of the Department of Athletics. Faculty Athletic Representative Awards were bestowed upon Brandon Kilijanski ’13 and Robyn Stanley ’13, of the men’s and women’s volleyball v teams, respectively. And the Joe Jacob Mental M Toughness Award was given to Lindsey G Grana ’13. This award is named for the father of Rich R Jacob, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Business, for a student who has persevered through tragic times.

Each year, teams select a “Team First” award from among its members. Those who are chosen bring value to the team, on the field and off. Award winners for 2011-12 are: Timothy Huebsch ’12, Men’s Soccer Breanna Hyman ’14, Women’s Soccer Andrea Reitz ’13, Women’s Volleyball David Wantuck ’13, Golf Brandon Rebert ’15, Men’s Cross Country Lauren Dunkle ’12, Women’s Cross Country Danielle Rollins ’12, Tennis Joe Pawlak ’12, Men’s Basketball Alex Smith ’15, Women’s Basketball Jordan James ’15, Men’s Volleyball Melissa Sandoval ’13, Bowling John-Henry Jackson ’12, Men’s Lacrosse Lauren Dunkle ’12, Women’s Lacrosse Bradley Smith ’13, Baseball Katie Gibbins ’13, Softball — KEVIN BATES

Above left: Lindsay Grana Above right: Robyn Stanley Pictured left: Coach Pete Lonergan with Alex Rouse, Meghan Fahy and Tanisha Travis. Pictured below, L to R: Professor Jim Brace and Brandon Kilijanski; Lonergan and Doug Page; Brace and Robin Stanley ALL PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER RIPLEY ’12

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Dear Alumni, We have a lot to be proud of! You’ve just read about all the developments around Medaille in the previous pages, including the renovation and expansion of the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center and the evolving partnership between the College and Riverside High School. As you read through the AlumNews section you will notice that the Alumni Association is more active than ever. We have developed unique content for this special publication including the “Maverick Mailbox” and a news section showcasing the programs that the Alumni Association hosts. We are also highlighting alums who returned to campus to share their time and talents with current students. As you know, AlumNews began in 2007 as a way to stay informed about the progress of the College and your classmates’ achievements. In this issue, we combined the publication with the magazine in an effort to offer an expanded class notes section, more alumni profiles and other unique content. I hope you enjoy it! Don’t forget to make sure your email address is up-to-date and sign up for our monthly electronic newsletter at medaille.edu/enews.

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JONATHAN AUGUSTYN ’09 RAYMOND BAILEY ’06 ALEXANDER HERSH ’99 MICHAEL MCKAY ’84 TIMOTHY KWIATKOWSKI ’86 ALEXANDER HERSH ’99 *Non-voting member on Medaille College’s Board of Trustees

Amherst Alumni Committee BETH ANN RICE ’99, President JEANNE MARCELLA ’08, Vice President JENISE DIXON-COLEMAN ’06 RENEE FIEGEL ’11 ’12 CHERYL MANNEY ’99 JENNIFER PLAZA ’07 PAUL WANDEL ’09 Buffalo Alumni Committee ROBERT BEARDI ’00 KEVIN CONNOLLY ’03 ALBERT ERNI ’93 ’94 KENNETH VETTER ’79 JEFFERY WALKER ’92

Rochester Alumni Committee MICHAEL ABRAHAM ’04 CHARLES BISHOP ’09 JEFFREY DAVIS ’09 DAVID DENNIE ’06 ’09 JAMES HORNER ’06 TONY INZINGA ’11 YVONNE THORNE ’04 JASON PARDI ’11 LLOYD RUFFLE ’06 ’11 JACOB SCHLICHT ’07 KEVIN STELL ’09 ’11

Young Alumni Committee CHRISTIE WITT ’09 President NICHOLAS CALANDRA ’11 Vice President ERIC SCHMITZ ’08 JESSICA FRYSZ ’11 ERIC RICHARDSON ’11 JENNIE ANDERSON ’09 ’13 EMILEE YORMICK ’11 BRENNA GERWITZ ’10 MICHAEL SIMONCELLI ’09 GINA SERRA ’11 JACQUELYN GUGLIETTA ’10

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Alumni Cheer on Buffalo Bandits

Alumni Speak to Life Sciences Club Students in the Life Sciences Club heard about careers in biology from four alumni on April 17. “I remember going to the same Life Sciences Club alumni presentations when I was a student. I am very happy with my job and proud of my accomplishments. I wanted to show [the students] that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it,” said Sara Bova ’07 ’09, a laboratory technician at Cornell University. Also addressing the students were Adam Ertel ’07, agricultural specialist for the federal government, Lindsay (McKellar)

Meghan Hornung ’11 and Jessica Tarasik enjoying the pre-game party. PHOTO BY SUMMER HANDZLIK ’08 ’12

In March, the Alumni Association hosted an alumni gathering at a Buffalo Bandits game. A pre-game party at Morrissey’s Irish Pub kicked off the event, which was planned by the Young Alumni Committee. “The Young Alumni Committee decided to plan the Bandits event because we knew it would be an affordable, fun event for all alumni,”said Jennie Anderson ’09, a member of the Committee. “I always recommend any alumni I know to attend these [alumni] events. They are well-planned and a lot of fun. It’s great to reconnect with people you went to school with and meet some new faces. The Medaille community is warm and welcoming,” said Dave Burgstahler ’00 ’03. Attendees received dinner, two drink vouchers, admission to the game and free parking for $20; non-alumni were charged $25. Tickets sold out shortly after going on sale and despite a 15-9 loss to the Toronto Rock, alumni and guests had a great time.

L to R: Lindsay (McKellar) Masterson, Adam Ertel, Dr. Brenda Fredette, Sara Bova and Stephanie Kramer (front). PHOTO BY SHELBY LITTLE ‘12

Masterson ’06 ’07, research compliance officer at the U.S. Veterans Administration and Stephanie Kramer ’09, quality assurance technician at Steuben Foods. “I hadn’t been back since my last day of class in the spring of 2007. It was amazing to see how much things have changed and how the campus is growing … it brought back a lot of memories,” shared Masterson. She added, “I was so honored to be able to come back and share valuable advice and open the door of opportunity for the current biology students.”

BEMAs Organized by Medaille Grad Heidi Raphael ’85, a member of Medaille’s board of trustees, organized the first-annual Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards ceremony, held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on April 13. The ceremony recognized outstanding achievements of individuals, as well as radio, television, print and digital companies in Western New York. Eileen (Galbo) Buckley ’85 was nominated for the Pinnacle Award and Carl Russo ’81 was nominated for the Radio Personality of the Year award. Students from Medaille’s communication department volunteered at the event.

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Technology Day at Amherst Campus On May 8, the School of Education (SOE) held its first “Technology Day” at the Amherst Campus, featuring keynote speaker Randy Schenk, a technology specialist with the Rochester City School District. Will Barnes ’11 and Barry Schaub ’11 also presented. Barnes presented on “paperless classrooms” and websites that serve as resources in the elementary classroom. He joined Mary Beth Scumaci, clinical assistant professor, for a work session that helped faculty learn about creating interactive posters using Glogster. Schaub taught attendees how to use Prezi presentation software.

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Medaille’s men’s soccer team hosted its Fifth Annual Alumni Match on April 22. Current players faced-off against a lineup of former Mavericks at the Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. Gary D. Boughton ’09, Kendell McFayden ’10 and Andrew Larracuente ’06, all of whom went on to play professional soccer, teamed up with former All-Americans Ryan Mangano and Cory Cwiklinski ’07 ’09, among others, against the 2011 AMCC Championship Team. This match, coordinated by Head Coach Dan Krzyzanowicz ’03, was the final event in a weekend of activities.

Medaille vs. Medaille in Floor Hockey Battle

On May 5, members of Medaille’s ice hockey team competed in a friendly floor hockey game against former members of the hockey club in the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center gymnasium. The game was hosted by the Alumni Association and coordinated by Neil Dengler ’97 and Phil Splawski ’07. Chris Duncan ’00 served as referee. “A good time was had by all,” said Dengler, who added, “we hope to build upon this and make this a bigger and better annual event.”

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WNY Alumni Associations Host 3rd Annual Alumni After Hours

1990s Daniel Frontera ’98 is the veterans’ coordinator at Erie Community College. He is also part of Operation 50 Run, an effort to raise awareness and essential funding to erect a memorial on the Buffalo waterfront dedicated to all WNY residents who have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bridgett P. Herrod ’98 earned her master’s degree in public health, with a concentration in emergency management, from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

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1980s Bill Snyder ’84 joined World Publishing Inc. as a sports reporter covering little league baseball and softball in the Black Rock community in Buffalo. Eileen (Galbo) Buckley ’85 received a regional Edward R. Murrow award for “Best Use of Sound” for a story that aired in 2011 on WBFO. Robby Takac ’86 and wife, Miyoko, welcomed baby girl Hana Margaret, in January 2012. Craig Bamberg ’87 volunteered as part of the creative team that produced a 30-second TV video spot for Guadalupe Center of Immokalee. The video was honored with the “Judges’ Award for Audio Visual Promotional Marketing” by the Florida Public Relations Association – Southwest Florida Chapter at the 2012 IMAGE Award Ceremony in April.

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Recently engaged? In addition to wedding announcements, we feature engagement announcements in our class notes section. Share your special news by e-mailing alumni@medaille.edu. Celebrating a wedding or anniversary? Receive an award? Involved in community service? Do you have an employment announcement? Let us know!

Men’s Soccer Hosts Alumni Match

The Alumni Associations of The College at Brockport, Buffalo State, Daemen, Medaille, Niagara University and the University at Buffalo hosted a unique networking opportunity at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo on May 31. Over 125 alumni from these institutions attended to build their personal and professional networks and to share their experiences. The event featured “networking clusters,” featuring established professionals from each institution who answered questions related to their specific industries. Medaille’s established professional volunteers included: Camille Jackson ’09 ’12, recruiter for Delaware North Companies; Dale Stephens ’99 ’06, senior personnel administrator for the New York State Thruway Authority; and Timothy Kwiatkowski ’86, vice president of commercial banking at Five Star Bank. The next After Hours event will be held Oct. 18 at the Hyatt Regency. Register at alumni.medaille.edu.

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Alumni Association Welcomes New Board Member Michael McKay ’84 joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors this spring. McKay recently served as a member of the Buffalo Alumni Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in media communications and is currently the business development specialist at WBFO Public Radio.

Alumni Volunteers Participated in“The Hunt” This spring, the Office of Career Planning hosted “The Hunt,” which offered tips and tricks for a successful job hunt. Included were panel discussions, mock interviews, seminars and professional development workshops for graduating seniors on the Buffalo campus. Many alumni volunteered their time and spoke with students about life after graduation. The series included a panel discussion with recent graduates who spoke about the job search process and shared experiences and stories. The panel included: Jennie Anderson ’09, human resources, Bureau Veritas; Quinneka McDonald ’10, resident coordinator, Lofts at 136; Molly Platt ’09, professional skills department, Bryant & Stratton – Online; Michael Simoncelli ’09, sales coordinator, Buffalo Bisons Baseball; and Eric Richardson ’11, account service agent, Think Finance. Brad Smith ’06, director of social media and search engine optimization at Haley Marketing Group, spoke about social media and the employment process. “The Hunt” concluded on March 28 with a student/alumni get-together where students had the opportunity to network with alumni volunteers.

Senior Week Senior Week for Buffalo Campus undergraduates began April 30 with an Etiquette Dinner and concluded with the campus carnival on the evening of May 2. Senior Week coupled practical professional development activities with a variety of entertainment options. A.J. Verel ’99 addressed the Class of 2012 at The Senior Brunch on May 2. He stressed the importance of staying connected to their alma mater and using the Medaille network post-graduation. The event was emceed by Christie Witt ’09. Nicholas Calandra ’11, Jonathan Augustyn ’09 and Gina Serra ’11 volunteered. The event concluded with a toast from Dr. Richard T. Jurasek. Highlights of the week included a dinner hosted at Dr. Jurasek’s home, attended by more than 150 graduating students and their families, and the second annual Medaille College Bug Stuff.

Danielle Rollins ’12 and her parents, David and Noreen Rollins, at the Senior Dinner at the President’s home on May 1. PHOTO BY CARLA F. KESTNER

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2000s Christopher Duncan ’00 joined Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center as a behavior support aide. Michele (Jeffers) Loretto ’00 joined Tronconi Segarra & Associates as a manager in the firm’s tax department. Loretto is a certified public accountant and is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Rev. Kenneth Kinton ’01 received his doctor of ministry from Liberty University in May 2012. Molly (Jacobs) Burt ’02 and husband, Eric, welcomed baby boy Leo in April 2012. Leo joins his older sister, Ally. Paul Hardaway ’02 and wife, Linda, celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary in November 2011. The celebration included a renewal of vows with family and friends at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo. Janine Milligan DO ’02 was appointed assistant professor of oncology in the diagnostic radiology department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Steven Morgan ’02 received the Legion of Honor award from DeMolay International. Tammy Doctor ’03 was promoted to assistant vice president of claims at Fidelis Care. She works out of the Getzville office. David Post ’04 participated in the Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser in February in Rochester to help raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics. Catherine Sicoli ’04 and Luke C. Darling are happy to announce their engagement. The couple was engaged on October 29, 2011. A wedding at the Tonawanda Castle in April 2013 is planned. Matt Champion ’05 is a CFP and the manager of financial services for Prudential located in Syracuse. Ryan Coate ’05 was named general manager of both the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls and Old Falls Street, USA. He is charged with the overall management, promotion and operation of the facility. He is also the newly-appointed chairperson of the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association.

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2000s Daniel Francken ’05 was promoted to unit leader of the foreclosure department at Bank of America. Francken has been with the company for 14 years and is now in his third year as the education and youth focus group lead officer and chairperson for the bank’s community volunteers. Lavon Stephens ’05 ’07 joined the Workforce Development Consortium, Inc. as the administrative director. Candace Hill ’06 welcomed son Amar’e Elijah in June 2011. Deidre Whiteside ’06 was appointed vice president of the Western New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Letreonia (Rice) Whitfield ’06 ’09 and husband, Tremaine, welcomed son Micah into the world in August 2011. Jonathan Gill ’07 and wife, Suzanne, adopted their daughter, Madigan Elliot in May. Gill recently joined the Exigence Group of TeamHealth as the marketing manager. Michelle Sears ’07 and Richard Metz are happy to announce their engagement. The couple plan to marry in September 2012. Sears is a merchandiser in marketing at Emedco, Inc. in Williamsville. Nicole Gawel ’08 is the development assistant at Friends of the Night People. Shannon O’Brien ’08 was named assistant commissioner of sports information and senior woman administrator at Commonwealth Cost Conference in Mass. Colby Rehrauer ’08 and Brittany Draudt are happy to announce their engagement. Rehrauer is a sixth grade teacher at Pioneer Central School. Kristyn Ramsey ’09 earned a master of science degree in counseling and human services from Canisius College in May 2012. Janessa Vandergriff ’09 joined Becker College in Boston, Mass. as an admissions counselor.

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What advice would you share with Medaille’s graduating class of 2012?

“Never let your fears prevent you from pursuing your dreams.” SHEILA SCHOSTICK ’11 “If you fall down, get up, dust yourself off and keep on keepin’ on.” STEVE MORGAN ’02 “Make connections! Keep in touch with current classmates. Keep ties with former coworkers. Attend business networking events. The connections you make today will have a big impact on your life in five years.” BRAD SMITH ’06 “Make mistakes, it’s ok. But don’t dwell on them, learn from them. Believe in yourself and your future!” RENEE FIEGEL ’11 ’12 “Keep an open mind, especially to my future veterinary technicians out there. Keep an open mind when you are going on an interview. Perseverance pays off! Make connections! And most of all, don’t forget what you have learned at Medaille. Medaille will always be your home; you are always welcomed. It is the family at Medaille that will help you when you need it, even if you just want to visit. Congratulations to the class of 2012, you will do great things and you will go far with the determination you possess.” JESSICA FRYSZ ’11

“Be persistent. Don’t sit back and wait for that phone call or email, get out there and show your face. Keep reminding them that you’re there!” JOHN PALMIERI ’10 “Stay positive - in the end everything will work out.”

MICHELLE SPENCER ’11

“If you don’t get the job you’re after don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and push through the trenches of entry level. You might find out that the job you were after is not what you really wanted to do.” LLOYD RUFFLE ’06 ’11 “Your job should be doing something you want to do, one that you love. If you know yourself, then you’ll remain focused. Never give up. And never forget Medaille College.” BILL SNYDER ’84

“Always keep a positive attitude no matter how bad things may look; you can turn it around with positive energy from a positive attitude…it works every time.” DEBORAH TERZIAN ’07

“Remember anything is possible and you know you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Whether you are continuing your education after graduation or utilizing your degree to get into your career of choice, stay focused on your goals because you can reach them. If you face barriers to your goals, do not give up as there is a reason for that ... anything is attainable as long as you remain positive and focus on your hopes, wishes and goals. Congratulations on your degrees and best wishes in your future endeavors!” SARA GATES ‘03 ’06

“One word of advice: Never let anyone sign your checks!” ERIC SCHMITZ ’09 “While success can be invigorating, failure is often the best teacher. It means you took a risk, acted on it and made a decision to move forward. Use everything you have learned, plus the experiences you brought with you and confidently take a risk. My favorite line to my R&D group and engineers when confident in their work — but not sure about a new product — is ‘Let’s expose it to the risk of being sold.’ Because if we don’t, we have no chance at success or failure.” PAUL KRUPA ’00 ’05 For the winter/spring 2012-13 issue of the Medaille Magazine, share your favorite hangout — on campus or off — while you were a student at Medaille. Responses can be posted to our Facebook page, emailed to alumni@medaille.edu or mailed to: Medaille College Alumni Association, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214.

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Volunteer Your Time and Talent to the Alumni Association A great college doesn’t just happen; it is strengthened with the support of its alumni. Nothing speaks more highly for a college than an engaged and successful alumni base that shares their time and talent. Whether you serve as an ambassador, speak at a career workshop or join an alumni committee, you walk away feeling proud. As a volunteer with the Medaille College Alumni Association, you can give your time, talent and treasure however you choose. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Alumni Office at alumni@medaille.edu or (716) 880-2315 or complete the volunteer form online at www.medaille.edu/volunteer. If you have a suggestion for another way you would like to be involved that is not listed below or online, please contact us.

“... It’s a great way to give back. I feel it’s important to show alumni that Medaille is still interested in their success after they have graduated.” ERIC RICHARDSON ’11, Young Alumni Committee

• Be a career advisor for current students and other alumni. • Serve as a presenter during career workshops and seminars on campus. • Resume review. Experience in human resources is required. Programming • Take the lead in organizing or helping to promote a special gathering for a student group. • Help the alumni office coordinate with specific affinity groups and clubs and engage alumni with similar interests. • Help staff at alumni events as a greeter and/or registration assistant. • Volunteer at Commencement • Participate in Senior Week Boards/Committees • Alumni Association Board of Directors • Amherst Alumni Committee • Buffalo Alumni Committee • Rochester Alumni Committee • Young Alumni Committee Admissions (SAGE) • Speak at information sessions. • Host and/or attend a recruitment fair at your business, church or organization. • Welcome students to SAGE programs and speak to incoming cohorts at orientation. • Attend undergraduate open houses and serve as an alumni ambassador at the alumni table.

Get Involved! Promote the Mission • Tell friends and family about Medaille. • Submit Class Notes for the Medaille Magazine. • Nominate Medaille alumni and faculty for the Fr. Medaille Award for Service & Citizenship, which is awarded annually. Mentor & Network • Help students and graduates develop professional connections. • Share meaningful and resourceful articles and publications in our LinkedIn group. • Share your career experience as a class or event speaker.

“I volunteer and give my time to the Alumni Association because I had such a great experience while earning my MBA at Medaille. I want to continue to be a part of the school’s success and growth into the future.” JASON A. PARDI ’11, Rochester Alumni Committee

2000s James Witherow ’09 ’11 joined Bryant & Stratton College’s online division. Patricia Doyle ’10 received the Instructor of the Semester Award at Genesee Community College for the spring 2012 semester. Doyle teaches algebra and trigonometry at GCC’s Albion Campus Center. Alicia Greenidge ’10 was promoted to branch manager at Sovereign Bank. Kendell McFayden ’10 joined Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, Dr. Michael Cropp, president and chief executive officer of Independent Health, and other dignitaries in May to announce a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation. The grant provides after-school soccer for 800 Buffalo school children through the Soccer for Success program. McFayden was an All-American when he played for Medaille. Brian Yanni ’10 recently launched Lake FX Energy, an energy supplement. Robert Emblidge ’11 and Kara Wyzykiewicz ’11 are happy to announce their engagement. Jessica Frysz ’11 joined the Banfield Pet Hospital of Amherst as a veterinary technician. Jordan Gracie ’11 joined the sales department at Adjusters International. Matt Mackiewicz ‘11 is a distributor for Market America. He began this business venture in April 2012. He is also an inspection technician at Moog, Inc. Jason Pardi ’11 joined Superior Plus Energy Services in Rochester as the retail credit supervisor. Joseph Pawlak ’11 and Gabriella Ferri are happy to announce their engagement. The couple is planning a spring 2013 wedding. Pawlak is a graduate student at Medaille working toward his degree in organizational leadership. Sommer O’Donnell ’12 joined the Bee Group Newspapers as a classified advertising consultant.

Extended Class Notes Business First’s 2012 List of Influential Western New Yorkers includes prominent Medaille alums: Amber Dixon ’90, recent interim superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools; Mary Jean Jakubowski ’88, director of the Buffalo & Eric County Public Library System; Darius Pridgen ’07, member of Medaille’s board of trustees and Ellicott District Common Council Member; and Robby Takac ’86, member of Medaille’s board of trustees, owner of Chameleon West Studios and guitarist for the Goo Goo Dolls. Tanisha (Stephens) Mackin ’01 wrote Still Standing after the passing of her late husband, Danyell Mackin, who was killed in 2010 in an act of violence. Additionally, she started The Mackin Project, which assists families who have lost a spouse, child or parent to violence. Currently, the project helps families by covering the cost of the obituary, and hopes to build the project to help cover a portion of the funeral costs. More information about the book and the project can be found by visiting www.stillstanding.me.

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