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More than 150 alumni and their families came out to the Roberts campus for Alumni Night on Saturday, January 21st to watch the women's and men's basketball teams play Point Park University in a double-header.

Megaphones, popcorn, soda, and two great matchups made for a fun afternoon in the newly renovated Voller Athletic Center. Between the games, more than 60 alumni athletes joined us for a reception to reconnect and remember their time as athletes here at Roberts. The women lost 57-39 in the first game, while the men's team earned a hard-fought 79-69 win against the visiting Pioneers.

Overall, the evening was a great success and, after many requests, we have decided to hold this event again next year. So stay tuned for next year's dates!

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The accolades keep piling up for Jenn (Stuczynski) Suhr'04 – 10-time U.S. pole vault champion and '08 Beijing Olympics silver medalist – who has been named the top track & field athlete in the world by the authoritative Track & Field News.

Suhr, a basketball standout at Roberts who is favored to win gold at this summer's Olympic Games in London, got the news on Christmas Eve at her Riga home from her husband and coach Rick. "[He] told me, and I just went in the other room and cried," Jenn told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "It was like a huge weight had been lifted off me."

The six-foot-tall Suhr has recorded the top three women's pole vault jumps over the last two years, and in September she bested her long-time rival, Russian Yelena Isinbayeva, as well as the entire star-studded field at a high-profile meet in Zurich, Switzerland. These feats occurred at a time when she was hampered by various injuries, and was diagnosed with celiac disease, an intestinal disorder caused by a reaction to gluten.

"The significant thing is she was ranked No. 1 and was 80 percent," Rick told The Buffalo News. "She had three or four injuries in outdoor season. No one will ever know how physically beat up she was. She was never healthy. I remember her saying before the final in Zurich, which had the best eight jumpers in the world, 'I can beat maybe two of these girls.'"

Suhr said the No. 1 ranking is a great honor, but there's still some work to do. Isinbayeva holds the world record with a jump of 16 feet, six inches. To date, Suhr's best jump is 16 feet, 1¾ inches. The world record and gold in London remain on her list of goals. And this is a busy year for track & field, with the prestigious Millrose Games in New York City as well as the Olympics on the schedule.

But now Suhr is healthy – and she hasn’t yet reached her full potential.  “No, not at all,” she said recently.  “I’m actually improving – I'm becoming more powerful.  It's not like I've been vaulting my whole life.  I haven't.  So my body hasn't taken that physical beating.  I'm still on the upscale.”

It seems more accolades are likely to come Jenn Suhr's way.

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Roberts Wesleyan College students taking Dr. William Todd's marketing research and marketing management classes teamed up to develop a promotional strategy for Keenan's restaurant in Irondequoit. The project took one semester, and the students presented their findings on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

"It's important for college students to get as much real-world experience as possible," said Todd. "We're grateful to Keenan's for the opportunity to partner, and I hope that the restaurant owners found the project equally rewarding."

"This experience has been a total eye opener," said Keenan's owner Sue Roe. "It was so re-energizing to hear the statement, 'Building on the past, planning for the future,' because it communicates that we can keep what we have established and still grow our business."

Project recommendations ranged from banners to promotional-based ideas such as half-price appetizers and a take-out menu. The students involved were Ali Campbell, Bethany Salvia, Luke Buccio, Jessica deBlieck, Danielle Dukes, Chris Nagle, Stryker Ostafew, Allison Newcombe, Danielle Rizzo, Brent Rathke, Jackie Kemp, Brian Sieling and Matt Oklevitch.

Members of the Roberts Wesleyan College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) had previously worked with Keenan's on a "greening" project in 2010. Students provided Roe with environmentally friendly recommendations that have led directly to cost savings on the restaurant's energy bills. Keenan's is located on the border of the 14621 zip code, an area adopted by SIFE in an effort to spur economic development over the next six years.

About SIFE:

SIFE is a non-profit organization that gives students the tools to learn the free enterprise system in real working situations. SIFE challenges students on more than 900 college campuses nationwide to take what they're learning in the classroom and use that knowledge to better their communities. The SIFE program concentrates on five areas: entrepreneurship, market economics, success skills, financial literacy, and business ethics. For more information, visit: www.sife.org. For information about the local Roberts chapter, visit: /SIFE/.

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The Roberts Alumni Facebook site has officially moved from a GROUP to a PAGE! We are excited about the change, which will help us communicate more effectively and help you stay informed and connected more visibly.

If you haven’t been hearing from us on Facebook lately it might be because you haven’t “liked” our new page. When you do, all our status updates show up in your news feed, which makes them easier for you to see and share with your friends.  You’ll learn about upcoming local and regional events for alumni, updates on our sports teams, news about your fellow alums, and ways you can get reconnected, informed and involved.

To find our page type: “Roberts Wesleyan College Alumni Association” in your search bar and look for the page. Click the “like” button and you’re done! You can still write on the wall, connect with Roberts alumni “friends,” and post pictures as you did before.

So, don't miss hearing about it first on our page, "like" us today!

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