October 2013

Alumni Stories

Kirk Wagar '90
Kirk Wagar ’90, was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry as the United States Ambassador to Singapore. The ceremony took place at the Department of State on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. (Read More)

Crosby J. Sackett ’10
From Carpenter Hall to the Streets of Belize: Crosby Jack Sackett ’10, Using Street Art to Enhance Communities. (Read More)

Crystal Sessoms ’11
Crystal Sessoms ’11 (Childhood & Special Education and Master of Education in Literacy Education) came to Roberts Wesleyan College from Long Island City High School in Queens, NY. Life away from NYC took a bit of adjusting. Balancing school, her responsibilities as a varsity basketball player, and life in general kept her busy. A couple years removed, and working full-time as a sixth-grade special education teacher in the Ithaca City School District, her Roberts experience has come into focus. (Read More)


Alumni Highlights

Karen Benjamin ’05 (Master of Strategic Leadership)
was recently highlighted in a Democrat and Chronicle article for her role creating bonds within the Rochester tech community. Co-founder of WorldLeaders (focused on consulting and sales recruiting for technology companies), Karen also serves as president of Digital Rochester. Digital Rochester brings technology professionals together for networking and professional growth with the goal of transforming Rochester into a top 10 technology region.

Day Butcher '03 (Art Ed.), J. Daniel Lauritzson ’08 (Music Ed.), Megan Resig ’07 (Music Performance), and Steven Resig ’09 (Art Ed.)
have created a new agency providing art and music instruction and therapy.  Spectrum Creative Arts, Pittsford, NY, opened September 16th.  The agency offers a wide range of individual and group instruction/therapy as well as programing.  The agency strives to empower and inspire individuals through creative means. More information about Spectrum Creative Arts can be found at http://www.spectrumcreativearts.org.

Duran “Uncle Buck” DeBarr ’71 (Religion-Philosophy)
died peacefully on Sunday, July 21st.  He was a faithful supporter of Roberts Wesleyan College, having worked for the College for a number of years in the 70’s and 80’s.  A huge fan of RWC Athletics, Uncle Buck, and his wife Anna, established a scholarship for men and women basketball players.  Uncle Buck is survived by his wife of almost 70 years and four daughters.  For more information on Uncle Buck’s life and ministry, click here.

Ryan Dexter ’95 (Biology)
completed a flying assignment with the Naval Helicopter Squadron HSC-15 in San Diego in January 2013. He began a master’s program at the Naval War College in Newport, RI in February 2013. Also, congratulations on his recent marriage to Jessica Kelly in January 2013!

Harold R. Hendricks
passed away on August 4, 2013. He attended A.M. Chesbrough Seminary from 1941-42 and went on to be a Navy pilot during WWII. He was the son of the Rev. Fred and Melva Hendricks.

Nick Kahanic
a Roberts student from 2004-2007, set an Open Stone World Record at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Celtic Festival on August 17th. The new world record measured 63 feet, 3.75 inches, breaking a record that had stood for 39 years. Kahanic, from Falconer, NY, was an All-American in Track & Field while at Roberts.

Elizabeth Patterson ’01 (MSW)
was named the 2013 Roberts Wesleyan College MSW Alumna of the Year by the Department of Social Work. After graduating from Roberts, Elizabeth spent time working in Romania for a faith-based orphanage. She is currently an associate professor at Malone College (OH) and has published a number of articles on international social work, international field placements, and globalization.

Lisa Tiffin ’92 (English – Secondary Ed.)
recently published a book for teens called Theft of the Star Tracker. This is not Lisa’s first publication. In fact, she has won awards in a variety of categories for her writings. Lisa is married to Daryl Tiffin ’90 and they have twin teenage sons.

Beka Watts ’08 (English)
has turned her love for writing and football into a great blog entitled, "Football for Normal Girls."  The title is really self-explanatory, but if you want help fitting in during the NFL season, you may want to check out Beka’s advice here!

Robert West ’79 (Chemistry)
was selected as High School Teacher of the Year by the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society. The award is based on teaching, professional development in relation to teaching chemistry, and memberships in scientific organizations. Robert is the lead teacher for the Science Department as well as the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the Penfield School District.


Academic Highlights

East Coast Conference Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff, announced the list of 979 student-athletes who were named to the ECC Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2012-2013 academic year on Thursday afternoon.

Roberts Wesleyan placed 114 student-athletes on the list, all have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. (Read More)


Roberts In The News

Roberts Advances to NCAA Division II Provisional Year
Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) administrators have received notification from the NCAA Division II membership committee that the College has earned provisional-year status in its application for Division II. This advancement to the third and final year of the process puts Roberts Wesleyan on track to being granted active member status in summer 2014, becoming the only NCAA Division II member in the region. (Read More)

William Hayes Authors "Consensus: Education Reform is Possible"
Roberts Wesleyan College Associate Professor William Hayes recently released his 15th book, “Consensus: Education Reform is Possible.” Published by R&L Education, the tome includes a foreword by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. (Read More)

Jenn Suhr '04 Picks Up Silver at World Championships
Riga resident, Jenn Suhr, earned a silver medal August 13, 2013 in the women's pole vault final at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. (Read More)

Roberts Ranked 45 Among the Top 150 Best Colleges for Your Money Nationwide
Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) has been ranked number 45 among the top 150 best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual. (Read More)


Redhawk Sightings

CommencmentReggie the Redhawk and Beth Richardson '00 (El. Ed.) spent three weeks in Thailand this summer doing missions work.

Beth's sister is a missionary in Bangkok. While in Thailand Beth helped with the Grow Up Gang (a program for kids run by the Bangkok City Church) and taught classroom management to children's ministries volunteers.

Please send us pictures of you and Reggie on your next trip! Click here for the Reggie cutout.



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Homecoming 2013

We had a wonderful Homecoming weekend with alumni, students, parents, and friends of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary on September 27-29.

To see pictures from Homecoming weekend click here

We look forward to seeing you next year on September 26-28 for Homecoming 2014!

Roberts Today
Congratulations Class of 1973 - You are the winner of the very first Reunion Class Giving competition! See the results here.

Thank you to all who participated by giving the gift of scholarship to the deserving students of Roberts Wesleyan College. A sign will be placed at the beginning of the central path that runs through campus in your class' honor. It will be named "Class of 1973 Blvd" for an entire year! That is...until next year's homecoming when the new reunion classes get to compete!

So, from this day forward we're walking on the "Class of 1973 Blvd!"
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Electronic Transcripts Now Available
Roberts Wesleyan College is pleased to inform you that beginning July 1, 2013 we will be offering the option to send and receive electronic transcripts. Roberts has partnered with SCRIP-SAFE International to provide this service to alumni and current students.

When ordering a transcript through SCRIP-SAFE, you may upload up to 5 additional documents (such as resume and cover letter) to be sent along with the transcript, whether sent electronically or via postal service. Order updates are emailed to you, but you may also check your order status and history online.

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