December 2012

ROC THE DAY - 12.12.12

RCO the dayROC the Day is a Rochester area-wide campaign to raise support for local organizations. For 24 hours, Rochester is asking YOU to give—and you have the opportunity to do just that by giving to The Roberts Fund! 100% of The Roberts Fund creates scholarships to help make Roberts an affordable option for students.

On 12.12.12, choose to ROC the Day by giving to The Roberts Fund—help create generosity that transforms.



Alumni Stories

Toni Custodio'08 MSL
Antonia (Toni) Custodio'08 was recently awarded the Career Achievement Award by the Latinas Unidas. This award recognizes Rochester area Latinas for exceptional dedication to work and community. Toni serves as Coordinator of Facilities and Campus Services for the Monroe Community College Damon City Campus. She has been at the Damon Campus since its inception in 1992. (Read More)

Jesse Wenger'03 Biochemistry
Life after Roberts has been very busy for Jesse Wenger'03. Upon graduating with a degree in Biochemistry, Jesse enrolled in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, graduating in 2008. (Read More)

Judy Wright'06 Inducted into Wendy's College Classic Hall of Fame
Judy Wright'06 (Criminal Justice) was recently inducted into the Wendy's College Classic Hall of Fame (formerly the J.P. Morgan Chase Scholarship Tournament). (Read More)

Joy Rebstein'05 Receives Education Leader Award
Joy Rebstein received the Education Leader Award presented by the Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council (RRVBC) on Wednesday, November 14th at the RRVBC Awards Luncheon. (Read More)

The Bly Project: Travel + Stories for Social Good
It's one thing to report on a story, it's another to be immersed in a story and to share those first-hand experiences with others using word, sight, and sound. Welcome to The Bly Project. Leah Stacy'08, Kevin Kennedy'09, and Pete Wayner are Team Bly. The three met while students at Roberts Wesleyan College a few years back, and since last year have been working on this multimedia project together. (Read More)

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Academic Highlights

Roberts Honored for Educational Excellence
Roberts Wesleyan College is now featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.

Colleges are evaluated on student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Schools featured on CollegesofDistinction.com must meet minimum standards in each category.

To see Roberts Wesleyan's Colleges of Distinction profile visit www.collegesofdistinction.com. For a complete list of Roberts Wesleyan College's rankings, visit www.roberts.edu.

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Roberts Students Responded To the Call
Dr. David Skiff and Jose Santiago were two of the volunteers from Roberts Wesleyan College Introduction to Social Work class that responded to the call for help with the Channel 10 and the American Red Cross Disaster relief telethon that came early Wednesday morning on October 31. Roberts Responds

Hema Autar, Harmony Dionne, Creasie Hannah and Bethany Rose manned the phones from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. later that afternoon. Dr. Skiff and Jose manned the phones from 4:30 to 6:30. This initial telethon raised over $30,000 over the course of the evening for the victims of hurricane Sandy.

This opportunity to participate as an early responder came about because of the increasing involvement between the Department of Social Work and Deb Polumbus, the co-chair of the Rochester Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and the Community of Monroe Citizens Corps Council. Deb's team will be guest speaking at RWC in Dr. Skiff's class in early December.

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Dr. Scarbrough Awarded the High Honor of ASCAP's Plus Award
Dr. Russell Scarbrough, adjunct professor of jazz studies and composition, was awarded the high honor of ASCAP's Plus Award. ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) awards these honors solely based on the "unique prestige of each writer's catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society."

History"I'm honored to receive an ASCAP Plus award this year from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers," said Dr. Scarbrough. "Live music is a vital part of our society, something that has great power to unify and to uplift. It is a privilege to be recognized among the esteemed ranks of composers writing music for live performance. I am also thankful to my colleagues in the Music Department and in the Roberts community for their support and encouragement in all my creative endeavors."

To view Dr. Scarbrough's demos and performances, visit: Facebook or Youtube.

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2013 Mission Trips

Each year, Roberts sends out student missions teams. Two teams traveling this spring are Habitat for Humanity and Ireland Missions. The Habitat team is led by Dr. Jason Taylor (Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences) and his wife, Rebecca. The students are going to Americus, GA during February Break as a part of Habitat's Collegiate Challenge Program. This is the tenth year JT and Rebecca have led the team.

The Ireland Missions team is led by Kirk Kettinger'92 (Director of Alumni Relations) and his wife, Michelle'92. The team will work with the 184 year-old Dublin Christian Mission in the heart of the city, the second oldest city mission in the world. Students will work with youth, the homeless at the Light House homeless shelter, and prepare camp sites at the DCM's rural summer campground. This is the fifth consecutive year teams from Roberts will have visited the DCM. The team leaves the day after Commencement in May, 2013.

Please be in prayer for our teams and the people to whom they will minister.

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Alumni Council Report: Expanded with New Focus
The Roberts Wesleyan College Alumni Council is moving forward with renewed purpose. A number of new members have joined the Council which has grown to 25, with varied representation in programs, professional backgrounds, and geography.

The Council will focus on specific areas of importance through committees. Each committee is chaired by a member of the Roberts staff for the purpose of receiving quick evaluation and implementation of ideas. The November agenda included interaction with President Martin, the RWC strategic planning process, Alumni and Parent Relations Strategic Plan, and the Alumni Council Mission, Structure, and Direction.

For more information on the Alumni Council, or questions about joining, please contact Kirk Kettinger, Director of Alumni Relations, at 585.594.6415 or kettinger_kirk@roberts.edu.

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History on Location

In May of 2013, Dr. Ronald (R.J.) Stansbury (Professor of History at Roberts Wesleyan College) will take students, alumni, and friends of Roberts to Scotland and England. This is a great opportunity to learn on-location about the medieval and modern histories of these storied countries. Travel is organized through E.F. Tours, one the world's leading educational tour companies.

For more information please contact Dr. Stansbury directly at stansbury_ronald@roberts.edu or 585.594.6335. Click here to see an informational flier.

Alumni Award Nominations

Each year Roberts Wesleyan College awards two alumni awards: Alum of the Year and Graduate of the Last Decade. We are requesting nominations for both awards and would like to hear from you! To learn more about who qualifies for nomination, please reference the nomination forms.

For the Alum of the Year Award criteria and nomination form, click here.

For the Graduate of the Last Decade Award, click here.

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