Memories, Like the Corner of my Mind...
As the 2013 academic year came to a close, we asked you, our alumni, to share your favorite Fisher memories from your time as students.
The response was overwhelming, and we've enjoyed reading stories from early graduates all the way through more recent alumni.
Here are some highlights:
"There are many treasured memories involving fellow students and activities, such as spontaneous baseball games in the field behind Kearney Hall where Keough Hall and the Lavery Library now stand. One off-beat memory was working in the small, stuffy photo darkroom on the upper floor of Kearney close to the Physics Lab to print pictures for various publications or publicity. There were the greased pole climbs at the start of fall classes to 'welcome' freshmen!"
"All four years were outstanding in my memory. I remember saying to myself the first day on campus walking to my first class, 'Remember this moment, Sam, on your graduation day.' Sure enough, when walking on stage to receive my degree from the hands of Bishop Kearney, the thought of that first day as a freshman came to my mind. Perhaps the most important thing that I remember, aside from the hard work and study, and other social and sporting activities, lies in the endearing relationships experienced at Fisher. These, to me, are the most precious. They helped form me as a person and appreciate the opportunities afforded me by the whole experience. The best memory was yet to come for my wife and I in that two of our children went on to study and graduate from Fisher as well. God bless all of the faculty and staff and all those who really cared for us and moved us to be successful and faithful in our life's journey."
"I had a one hour commute to get to Fisher, and my first class was always 8 or 9 a.m. Upon arrival, a bunch of us always gathered in the commuter lounge for coffee or hot chocolate before class: it was a happy way to start the day. Friday evenings were usually spent at the Campus Club, with music, dancing, and wine coolers. I was a Chemistry major, and my best friend from that group of kids was Paula Alessi. I wish we had stayed in touch. My lifelong friend (we grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since we were infants), Alta Herring Porterfield, went to Fisher too, and our younger siblings (John Herring and Joan Huber Sullivan), along with my cousin, Nancy Styles Gillette, joined us there starting our sophomore year. Alta, John, and Joan all met their spouses at Fisher. I liked most of my professors, but probably the most memorable and positive was Dr. Muench, who taught math. I was so happy at Fisher, and I have nothing but fond memories."
"I have many cherished memories, the summation of which can best be described as follows. When I began at Fisher, I was so homesick that I couldn't wait to go home and had reservations about my return to the campus. When I graduated, it was difficult to leave the friends and relationships that had evolved over the ensuing years. Thirty-three years after my graduation, I still hold Fisher close to my heart and always will."
"I have many fond memories of my years at SJFC: football games at the mound, typing papers in the computer room under the library (remember dot matrix printers?), Teddi dances, playing intramural softball, the commuter lounge in Basil! I remember campus security pushing my '78 Olds out of the snow when I was stuck in the parking lot. I remember working the course registration tables in order to get into classes first, and of course Spring Fest was always fun. As a commuter student, I probably have fewer memories than the dorm students, but I feel I met a lot of good, quality people and had a lot of great experiences that provided a wonderful foundation for the future."
Michele MBA ’03
"Our cohort group was so tight; it was fun to watch a professor figure out the dynamics of this group the first time they taught us a class. To this day, my cohort classmate is one of my closest friends and business confidants."
See what your classmates and friends shared about their Fisher experience on our website, and thanks to everyone who took a walk down memory lane with us.