Alumni Making Headlines
-Dr. Robert Russo ’75 was recently named President of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA). Russo has been a NYSPMA trustee for 11 years, has served on numerous professional committees, and is the past-president of the Monroe County Division of the NYSPMA. In addition, he is a member and director of the Foundation for Podiatric Medicine.
Russo’s practice, Podiatry Associates of Rochester, has offices in Rochester and in Gates. He is also a staff podiatrist at Unity Hospital and Rochester General Hospital. Russo has practiced podiatric medicine in Monroe County for three decades.
-Greg Constantino '00 was recently featured in the Messenger Post for his baseball-turned-business owner story. Constantino came to Fisher in 1997 after having played baseball at St. Bonaventure University during his freshmen year. His success on the Fisher team led got him noticed by the Northeastern Collegiate Baseball League, which led to attention from the minor leagues, and eventually landed him on a Montreal Expos affiliate in Bologna, Italy.
After having gone through the dual-citizenship process, and knowing what an amazing opportunity it was for him, he has made it his mission to help others seeking dual-citizenship. Read more of Constantino’s story.
-Lisa Famiglietti '08, Education and Multimedia Producer at WXXI, recently received the Young Media Professional Award from the Rochester Media Association. She joined WXXI in January 2008 as a production assistant.
In August 2010, she was named WXXI’s Education and Multimedia Producer, and now serves as producer for WXXI’s statewide educational series “Homework Hotline.” She also serves as producer for WXXI’s national “Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest” series, and segment producer for its national health series “Second Opinion.” In addition, she is part of the production team for the station’s local series “Norm & Company” and the Democrat and Chronicle’s web series “Clever Kitchen.”
-Craig Kanalley '08 recently joined the Buffalo Sabres as the organization’s Social Media Manager. Prior to joining the team, he was a Senior Editor at The Huffington Post, where he worked since 2011.
In his role, Kanalley will be responsible for developing strategies and campaigns to enhance the Buffalo Sabres’ brand, profile, and engagement in the social media space. His responsibilities will also include the day-to-day management and execution of social media plans and campaigns for the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits (NLL).
Kanalley first joined The Huffington Post in 2009 as a Traffic and Trends Editor after founding Breaking Tweets, a news website that tracked world news through the use of Twitter. He has also worked as a social media editor for NBC News, and was an editorial assistant and staff writer for the Democrat and Chronicle.
A native of Buffalo, Kanalley received his master’s degree in online journalism and new media from DePaul University after graduating from Fisher.
-Mohammad Husain Bawany '13 has been named a semi-finalist in the Peace First Prize competition, a national competition that showcases and rewards young people ages 18-22 who have worked towards making a difference in their own communities and beyond. Bawany, a religious studies and biology major while at Fisher, was nominated by the College for his peacemaking efforts and initiatives on campus.
As a student, Bawany worked with the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence as a Gandhi Service Fellow. As part of his fellowship, he organized the Coexistence Dinner and Dialogue, an event that brought together 80 students and administrators from area colleges to the Fisher campus in order to engage in active dialogue regarding their various faith traditions.
Bawany also served as President of the College’s Muslim Student Association, and was a member of the Student Government Association Senate. He was the recipient of the College’s 2012 Jennifer Koon Courage Award for Peacemaking. In addition, he received the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship in 2013, which is awarded to a student involved in Fisher clubs and organizations whose programs reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.
According to Peace First, the goal of the Prize is to “share daring work far and wide, invest in leadership, and inspire others to make peacemaking a part of their daily lives.”
In total, there will be five winners who will each receive a $50,000 Peace First Fellowship over two years to support the continuation of their peacemaking work, and contribute to their ongoing education and professional development. Winners will be announced this fall.