Bronze statue of St. Basil releasing a bird from his hand.

Donor Recognition

We look forward to recognizing those who will continue to help move Fisher Forward.

Showing Our Community How We Move Fisher Forward

From Kearney Hall, named in honor of Bishop James E. Kearney and his leadership during Fisher’s first fundraising campaign, to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and the Wegmans School of Nursing, made possible by gifts from Robert and Peggy Wegman, Fisher proudly bears the names of partners who have transformed the campus. Whether students are studying in the School of Business in the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise or celebrating Mass in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great, they are inspired by the generosity and philanthropic spirit of the Fisher family.

Giving Societies

Spire Society members with Cardinal at the inSpire event.
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Spire Society

Membership in the Spire Society is granted to donors who commit to giving $1,000 or more to the Fisher Fund - the University's annual fund - for at least three years.

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Jim Growney, member of the 1948 Society, poses with family members in front of a wall depicting the history of Growney Stadium.
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1948 Society

The 1948 Society, named in honor of the year that St. John Fisher University received its charter, recognizes individuals who have named the Fisher as a beneficiary of a planned future gift.

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President Gerard Rooney addresses a gathering of donors being inducted into The Presidents Society
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Presidents Society

The Presidents Society acknowledges the generosity of a group of philanthropists who have made lifetime gifts to the University totaling $1 million or more.

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Father Graf and a student in front of Kearney Hall
Student athlete running on the track
STORIES OF IMPACT
Carry It Forward

As a faculty member, Fr. William Graf endowed a scholarship to benefit students in his department. In his nearly 40 years at the Fisher, he has seen his students live out the Fisher values well beyond their time on campus.

STORIES OF IMPACT
Building Greatness

Mike Henchen, head coach of Fisher’s cross country and track and field programs, says he often wonders how schools that don’t have an outdoor or indoor track attract recruits. From the Polisseni Track and Field Complex, which he calls “simply amazing,” to the throws area, he says Fisher facilities are getting better every day. “It has helped us recruit student-athletes who are focused academically and athletically. They see themselves participating in a great program at a great college, they embrace the Fisher family, and are just a great group of young adults,” he says.

News and Events

Alumni will gather Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25 to celebrate Alumni Weekend

Alumni and families will be welcomed to campus Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25 for a weekend filled with fun events and class reunions.

Jack and Donna DePeters pose with their daughters in front of the center that bears their names.

On Friday, June 3, St. John Fisher College celebrated the official opening and dedication of the DePeters Family Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, a vibrant new space designed to provide faculty with opportunities to experiment with creative and flexible instructional approaches and cutting-edge tools to enhance their teaching.

Carol Anthony (John) Davidson ’76

The St. John Fisher College Accounting Alumni Society will celebrate the achievements of alumni and students during the 32nd Annual Accounting Awards Celebration.

Students celebrate I Heart Fisher Giving Day in Tepas Commons

It was a record-setting day for philanthropy at St. John Fisher College with I Heart Fisher Giving Day on Thursday, Mar. 24.

Bill ’76 and Ivette Shaheen

The newly established Bill ’76 and Ivette Shaheen Endowed Family Scholarship will ensure access for the next generation of students pursuing an education at St. John Fisher College.

Faculty and students in the Glover-Crask Simulation Center.

A $500,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation will establish the Interprofessional Simulation Center (IPE Sim Center) at St. John Fisher College. The new laboratory will mirror health care practice settings where nursing and pharmacy students can engage in collective learning, professional role discovery, and skill development.

Rev. George T. Smith, CSB

St. John Fisher College has appointed Rev. George T. Smith, CSB, as the institution’s William and Helen Cavanaugh Chair of Catholic Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. Smith is the first Basilian but second priest to be appointed to this role; he succeeds Rev. William Graf, who served as a member of the Fisher faculty for 37 years including as chair of the Religious Studies Department before his retirement in 2020. Smith will officially begin his role on September 1.

09.24
3 p.m., kickoff at 4 p.m.
Where: Growney Stadium
09.23
Noon
Where: Leo Community Room, Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center
09.24
2-4 p.m.
Where: Dennis ’72 and Denise Tepas Commons

Let’s Move Fisher Forward

By investing in Fisher Forward, you are investing in the future success of our graduates, our institution, and our community as a whole.

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