Student & Faculty Profiles
Dr. Jason Berman
Professor, Department of Management/Marketing
Dr. Berman came to Fisher in the spring of 1980 as a Visiting Instructor of Management, and has never looked back. Along the way, he discovered a capacity for connecting authentically with students, and he says that has been the culture of the College since he arrived.
He really enjoys watching the developmental transition that happens from freshman to senior year, and says there is "nothing more challenging or rewarding than to be able to promote that process by challenging young people to question and rethink who they really are and who they want to be."
Dr. Berman also believes the College has made an impact on the broader community through its service learning initiatives. But the greater impact of the College's commitment to service has been on the value of a Fisher education.
"Service to others is more than just something to put on your résumé. It is a way of life. Volunteerism adds meaning to your education and makes what you do during and after your college years matter. You learn that the true measure of leadership is not your list of personal accomplishments, but rather what you accomplish on behalf of others."
LaQuan Hounshell '14
Media and Communication major LaQuan Hounshell transferred to Fisher after spending two years at Monroe Community College. One of his professors recommended Fisher, and after a positive visit to campus, he was sold.
He said his transition was seamless, as he received a lot of help from people who made sure he had what he needed to be successful.
LaQuan also quickly discovered the many extracurricular activities, which he said made him feel like he had been at Fisher all along.
He is currently involved in Cardinal Television, Cardinal Courier, and Fisher Cru, organizations he credits for “lasting personal and professional connections and friendships.”
His favorite thing about Fisher is the community and how helpful and supportive everyone is.
After Fisher, LaQuan plans to pursue a career in television news.
Deborah Jo Kummer '14
Deborah Jo Kummer is part of Fisher’s inaugural Online RN-to-BS in Nursing program.
A full-time nurse, Deborah completed her undergraduate studies at Sullivan Community College, the State University of New York at Brockport, and Monroe Community College, and started working in 1981.
She was motivated to enroll in the program for a few reasons, and knowing some of the Fisher faculty on a personal level was certainly helpful.
A grandmother in her late 50s, Deborah said while the technology was challenging for her, the support she received from the faculty and staff made things “just come together.”
She has been energized by the coursework and especially loves the online discussion boards, which allow her to learn from people of all ages and walks of life.
Her favorite thing about Fisher is how learning is so valued here. She feels as if “the process is just as important as the end product,” setting Fisher apart from other programs.
Veronica Maraghi '15
A native of Canada, Veronica Maraghi transferred to Fisher to continue her studies in Childhood Education.
After spending some time at another local college, and hearing good things about Fisher, she decided to make the switch.
Veronica credits the faculty and staff for her “smooth and seamless” transition.
Along with her studies, she has also started to work at the College’s Early Learning Center to gain more experience as a teacher – a job she has thoroughly enjoyed.
Her favorite things about Fisher are the faculty and her fellow students, and how everyone is “always going the extra mile to help each other.”
Veronica won’t be going far after completing her undergraduate degree, as she plans to continue on at Fisher for her master’s degree.
Ray McLean '15
Ray McLean is a full-time RN at Strong Memorial Hospital where he is the Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for The Kessler Trauma Center. He also works as a part-time paramedic at Mercy Flight Central and Irondequoit Ambulance. The married father of three also volunteers as a baseball coach and is a board member for Penfield Youth Football.
Somehow, in between all of that, he has managed to make time to further his education and is a current student in Fisher’s Online RN-to-BS in Nursing program.
Ray said he chose Fisher because of the Wegmans School of Nursing’s reputation and because of his initial outreach to the College, which he said was welcoming and very personal.
And, with a schedule likes Ray’s, the online coursework and flexible schedule have made it work for him.
Perhaps Ray’s favorite thing about the program is that he doesn’t feel like just a number or a statistic; rather, he feels like a student who can better himself and in turn, contribute to the College’s reputation.
Ray won’t slow down after he completes the program, and credits Fisher for helping him believe that he can achieve any goal he puts his heart into.
Dr. Whitney Rapp
Associate Dean, School of Education; Associate Professor
Dr. Rapp came to Fisher full-time in 2002 after serving as an adjunct instructor in 2001. She was immediately attracted to the collaborative, close-knit community here, and was impressed by how well the faculty and staff across campus knew each other, worked together, and how well they knew the students.
She calls Fisher a "nurturing place to be a faculty member," having found many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues as well as opportunities to continually improve and develop new courses, programs, and teaching methods.
Having had many students stay in her mind through the years, she recalls one student in particular who questioned things in a way that no student had questioned her before. Those questions challenged her to articulate her own experiences and the evolution of her dedication to full inclusion of all students.
"My job was not to change his mind or tell him my way was right, but to offer him a new perspective to consider. He was open to that new perspective and considered it deeply. We are both better teachers for it."
Rapp is continually awed by the endeavors and accomplishments of the education students, noting that Fisher is a place for students to get involved, be challenged, and grow.
Jim Sidoti '14
Commuter student Jim Sidoti received his first degree in communications from SUNY Brockport.
After working in the field for some time, he decided to return to school at Monroe Community College with accounting in mind. One of his professors suggested Fisher, and after some research and a campus visit where he learned about the extracurricular activities available to business students, he decided to apply.
And since arriving on campus, Jim has taken advantage of many networking opportunities.
He participated in the fall recruiting program where he was able to meet representatives from local, regional, and even national accounting firms to discuss potential job opportunities. He also played in a golf tournament where students and local professionals are paired for a day of golf and networking.
Even as a commuter, Jim has been able to find ways to be involved and fills his days while he's on campus. And he’s pursuing his degree while working in radio and running his own voice-over business doing for clients including Time Warner Cable and Paychex.
His advice to students looking to transfer is simple: attend an information session and ask questions. And once you're here, take advantage of student programs, the Career Center, and learning centers to gain the competitive edge.
Dr. Todd Sodano
Assistant Professor, Media and Communication
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Sodano received his education in Upstate New York and decided to be an educator in Upstate New York, right here at Fisher.
The small classes at Fisher attracted him the most, since that affords him an opportunity to get to know his students and, in turn, they have an opportunity to get to know him.
He teaches in the Media and Communication Department, but takes advantage of (and appreciates) events that happen in the broader Fisher community, including Fisher Players performances and the Teddi Dance for Love.
He summarizes the "Fisher student" as a respectful, hard-working individual who is interested in being active on campus and getting to know his or her professors. He credits two Fisher students who both moved to New York City to work in television after graduation for inspiring him to continue to find opportunities for students who wish to work in the industry he is so passionate about.