Countdown to Commencement 2023: Dave Eichas
Biology and psychology double major David Eichas is the next member of the Class of 2023 to be featured in the “Countdown to Commencement” series. Eichas was nominated by Emily Colliss, assistant director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.
As part of the Service Scholar Program, Eichas is the representative on the E-Board. He is better known as a “go-getter” when it comes to service partnerships, pursuing unique opportunities for which he has great passion and knowledge. His most recent service project has allowed him to connect with individuals staying at the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester’s shelters. Through this partnership, Eichas has been able to connect with the Rochester community.
“Dave has always been a thoughtful and dedicated member of the Service Scholar program. He consistently shows up as a leader with compassion and empathy for all his cohort members and epitomizes the integrity of the Service Scholars Program,” said Colliss.
In her nomination, Colliss added that Eichas has left his mark on the Fisher community. He has been a residential assistant (RA) since his sophomore year working closely with students on campus. On top of his work with current students as an RA, Eichas has been a student ambassador since his first year on campus, giving tours to prospective students and their families. In addition, he has served as president of the campus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) club.
“I believe he will be an incredible leader in any program or organization he chooses to be a part of - especially in regards to the mental health of that community,” said Colliss.
She added that she will remember Eichas’ calm demeanor and that he is always thinking of others first.
Eichas’ passion for mental health support has been bolstered by internships and services opportunities. He has served as a certified pharmacy technician with the University of Rochester Medical Center and spent time working at the Salvation Army where he would speak to residents about their mental health. In addition, he interned at McQuaid Jesuit working with high school guidance counselors and served as a substitute teacher in the East Rochester Union Free School District.
“St. John Fisher has provided me with the opportunity to grow in ways I never thought possible. Whenever I had questions, I always had the resources to move forward. The Service Scholar Program has allowed me to continue my love for community service and build connections with several community partners in the area,” said Eichas.