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Fisher and the Community

The story of Fisher's first 70 years is one of impact. Impact on our students, alumni, and the Rochester region we call home.

A Growing Impact

As one of the area’s anchor institutions, Fisher serves as a significant enterprise and active participant in efforts to strengthen the region’s economy and address community needs.

Impacting Rochester’s Economic Landscape

Aerial view of Upper Quad Residence Hall construction activities.

A major institution in its own right, a 2017 study showed the substantial impact the University has on the community, local businesses, and the New York state higher education footprint.

Fisher employs nearly 1,000 people, with salaries and wages totaling nearly $43.7 million. During the 10-year period between 2005 and 2015, employment at the College grew by 41 percent. And, despite its tax-exempt status, the College directly accounted for nearly $2.1 million in state and local government revenues.

During the 2016 fiscal year, indirect, direct, and multiplier effects of Fisher's spending—on payroll, purchasing, construction, and off-campus spending by students and visitors to the campus—accounted for $120.7 million in regional economic output.

Fisher is also a regular sponsor of construction through the renovation and building of campus facilities. In fact, the University has built one new building each year for the last nine years.

Increasing Rochester’s Human Capital

A group of community members pose with Gerry Rooney and Dianne Cooney Miner around a logo for the newly created Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing.

Seven out of every 100 Monroe County residents who hold a bachelor's or higher degree earned it from Fisher. Proof positive of Fisher’s impact of the knowledge, skill set, and experience of the region's workforce. As of summer 2016, nearly 80 percent of Fisher's alumni resided in New York State, 61 percent right in the greater Rochester area.

The University offers coursework in New York's leading and fastest-growing industries, including computer science, nursing, media management, finance and accounting, and more. In turn, Fisher alumni have emerged as leaders in virtually every sector, in every state, and around the world.

Two new projects are leveraging the University's resources, expertise, and established partnerships to meet the unique needs of the community. The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at the Wegmans School of Nursing transforms the quality of care and support for individuals with developmental disabilities regionally, nationally, and internationally by training nursing professionals in field-specific skills and knowledge. The Family Business Initiative capitalizes on the strength and reputation of Fisher's School of Business to serve as a resource for family businesses in Western New York and beyond.

Enriching the Community

Students dance enthusiastically during Teddi Dance for Love.

Since its founding, St. John Fisher University has been committed to serving and strengthening Rochester-area communities and that commitment is embedded in everything we do.

Through scholarships based on service and student organizations dedicated to the community, Fisher students spend nearly 400,000 hours each academic year volunteering in schools, nonprofits, agencies, and organizations. Just one example: The University's most beloved tradition, the Teddi Dance for Love, a 24-hour dance marathon that attracts close to 500 dancers each year, has raised more than $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

In the classroom, dozens of Fisher courses are taught with a service-learning component, combining in-seat learning with hands-on experience in the community. Service-learning courses follow a reciprocal model, meaning the curriculum results in benefits for the students and community partners.

Fisher's Center for Community Engagement provides programs and services aimed at strengthening non-profit institutions and organizations in Rochester, with a particular focus on board leadership and management in small to medium-sized organizations.

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

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