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Fisher Community Making News

May 6, 2019

From journal publications to symposium talks, Fisher faculty, staff, students, and alumni continue to make headlines. Here’s a roundup of their latest successes and achievements.

Academics and Scholarship

School of Business Leadership Present at Two Conferences
Dr. Rama Yelkur, dean of the School of Business, delivered the presentation, “Manage Up and Across” with her colleague, Dr. Dayle Smith, dean, College of Business Administration, Loyola Marymount University. The presentation was part of the 2019 AACSB Dean’s Conference held this past February in Vancouver. During the talk, they shared strategies to garner support from people in other key areas across the institution that impact the School of Business.

Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, interim associate dean in the School of Business, participated in a panel presentation, “Research-Driven Practice and Practice-Driven Research in Family Business,” at the USASBE 2019 Annual Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL in January. She discussed the impact of outside work experience on the success of leadership transition in family businesses.

Political Sciences Pens Washing Post Op-Ed
Dr. Drew Kinney, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies, recently wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post. The piece focused on how previous civilian coup advocacy in the Middle East can inform us about the future of the political system in Venezuela.

Education Faculty Publish Article
Dr. Linda McGinley, assessment coordinator in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education and Dr. Diane Reed, chair of the Educational Leadership program, recently published an article, “Know Thyself: The Influence of Career Orientations on Women Education Leaders’ Career Decisions.”

The research investigated the career orientations of 171 assistant superintendents for instruction in New York State, 118 (69 percent) of whom are women. The findings suggest that women who serve as assistant superintendents for instruction may make career decisions based on their self-perceived values, talents, and needs.

Veterans Dialogue Program Featured in Magazine
A Fisher program that aims to promote dialogue among students and World War II veterans was recently featured in Leading Age magazine. The article explores the program, led by Dr. Carolyn Vacca, in partnership with St. John’s Meadows independent living community.

RIT Conference Features Three from Fisher
On March 28 and 29, the Rochester Institute of Technology sponsored a national conference, The Uses and Abuses of History in the Trump Era.

Among the local presenters were three faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences: Drs. Jill Swiencicki, Mark Rice, and Stephen Brauer. The trio served on a panel titled, “Updating the Histories of Campus Activism for the Trump Era.”

Rice spoke about the role of historians in digital spaces of deliberation. Swiencicki spoke about the importance of "feminist infrastructure" on campuses, using Fisher's Clothesline Art Installation as a case in point. Brauer talked about reviving the practice of the campus Teach-In to live into the liberal arts tradition.

Awards and Appointments

Birnie Named to St. Joseph’s Board
Dr. Christine Birnie, dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, has been elected to the Board of Directors at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. The two-year unexpired term was a unanimous election.

Throughout her tenure as a faculty member and now dean of the School, Birnie has helped foster a strong partnership with the Center, encouraging students to engage in clinical and volunteer experiences alongside its medical staff.

Schultz Earns Second Term on Council Board
Dr. Sue Schultz, a professor in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, was elected for a second term to the Board of Directors for American Council for Special Education. She was also elected as the organization’s historian. Both are three-year terms.

Schultz was invited to be the special topics editor for English Learners (ELs) in Rural Special Education for RSEQ, which she will co-edit with a colleague from Washington State University. The journal is expected to come out early fall, but will be available online earlier. In addition to serving on the publication’s editorial board, she is an author mentor.


Fisher Students Visit Albany through Law Internship
Students from St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College who serve as legal study interns for Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Dollinger traveled to Albany March 25. The group toured the Capitol and Albany Law School, and contributed to and attended the Judge’s presentation at Albany Law School on the legal history of women’s suffrage and the status of judicial ethics.

Pictured at the podium in the state Senate Chamber are from left to right: Judge Dollinger, Nazareth seniors Ahmad Jackson Jr. and Asma Mohammadi and Fisher seniors Hannah Buschner and James Nguyen.