March 2013

Alumni Stories

John Walsh'90 History and Charles Walsh'93 Religion/Philosophy
Brothers John Walsh'90 (History) and Charles Walsh'93 (Religion & Philosophy) are working at the highest levels of Canadian government. (Read More)

Tiffany Robison'07 Music
Tiffany Robison’07 (Music) recently published her first book, The Insatiable Quest for Beauty – A Young Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Our Culture’s Obsession with Perfection. This is a story that comes out of Tiffany’s own experience, and couldn’t have been written without the support of her Roberts family.
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Hall of Fame Inductions

On Saturday, March 2nd Keith Moore’67 and Joe Rebisz’02 were inducted into the Roberts Athletic Hall of Fame. Both Keith and Joe were standout basketball players at Roberts and contributed greatly to the success of their respective teams. Keith was introduced by his coach, Bill Hughes (Athletic Hall of Fame Member), and Joe was introduced by Athletic Director, Mike Faro (Athletic Hall for Fame Member).


President's Announcement

Dear Friends,

It has been an honor to serve as the President of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary for the past eleven years. Kathryn and I have decided to step down from the presidency at the end of the 2013-14 school year, which is the end of my contract term. This is an ideal time for both institutions to transition to new leadership.

My last official day will be June 30, 2014. Moving on will be difficult, as Roberts and Northeastern have been a huge part of our lives and dear to our hearts. However, it is encouraging to realize that after twelve years of presidential service, we are leaving much stronger academic programs, upgraded campus facilities, a doubled endowment, and a community that is invested in higher education for a higher purpose.

Dr. Terry Taber, Chair of the Boards of Trustees, has already begun the process of forming a search committee for my successor, which will include representative members of our staff and faculty, as well as trustees of the College and Seminary. We would appreciate your prayers for God’s guidance during this time of change for us, and for the next chapter for the College and Seminary.


John A. Martin

John A. Martin


Roberts In The News

Roberts Opens New Extension Center in Henrietta
Roberts began offering adult and graduate classes at the College’s new Jefferson Road extension center in January.  “Our primary goal is to offer our adult, professional and graduate students an excellent educational program in an accessible format that works with their busy schedules,” said Jack Connell, Roberts’ executive vice president.  “We are confident that this new location will be an optimum learning environment and a thriving extension of our college community.”.

Located at 1200 Jefferson Road, the site boasts more than 4,800 square feet, including meeting space and five classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The extension center will primarily house classes for the organizational management, health administration and strategic leadership programs.

For more information about the programs offered at the Jefferson Road extension center, please click here.

Roberts Students Attend Student Advocacy Day in Albany
Eight Roberts Wesleyan College Students joined President John Martin and Associate Vice President of Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations Kelly Smith for Student Advocacy Day in Albany, NY on Tuesday, February 12.

New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day is an opportunity for New York State students, faculty, financial aid and opportunity program administrators and other staff, as well as legislators, higher education policymakers and staff to come together to show support for student aid funding and higher education.

Last year, more than 800 high school and college students, faculty and staff from across New York State visited Albany to share their stories about the value of state student aid programs.

Hundreds Become "King for a Day"
Hundreds of community members celebrated the Doctor Martin Luther King Junior National Day of Service Saturday with the Finger Lakes Regional Volunteer Center.

"King for a Day" united more than 300 students and community members across the City of Rochester with the message that everyone can make a difference by donating some of their time. Volunteers of all ages took part in different kinds of service and made this event the largest service day Rochester Cares has ever seen.

Food sorting, recycling, sorting medical supplies, and reading to kids were just some options. Students from Roberts Wesleyan College helped make over an old house.

Hema Autar, student at Roberts Wesleyan College said, "If you don't have a passion for this you're not going to love doing this job. And I said 'come on guys, this is for a good cause and we're turning an older house into a cafe and in the end you know you were a part of this.'"

The King Holiday and Service Act was passed by Congress in 1994 encouraging people to celebrate Doctor King's legacy with community service.

Volunteer Opportunity for RWC Alumni from the Rochester City School District
The Rochester City School District (RCSD) is looking for Roberts alumni who attended their schools to help with an Alumni-Engagement Program.  RCSD alumni have the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations and schools to tutor, mentor, and assist with after school programs.

The RCSD’s vision for their students is to educate them to be productive members in society, future leaders, and life-long learners.  The program gives students the socio-emotional and academic support needed to have a more positive outlook on school, leading to increased high-school graduation rates.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Teadie Becker, Director of the Alumni Engagement Program, by email at alumni@rcsdk12.org or via phone at (585) 262-8294.  Additional information can be found online by clicking here.


The Roberts Community Mourns the Loss of Dorothy Whittingham

It is with deep sadness that the Roberts Wesleyan College community acknowledges the loss of long-time faculty member and friend, Dorothy Whittingham. A North Chili resident, Whittingham chaired the division of nursing at the College for more than 32 years. Through her dedication and leadership, she encouraged and inspired countless students to pursue careers in nursing and nurse education.

The Whittingham family remains in the hearts and prayers of the Roberts community.

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Homecoming 2013 will be here before you know it! Homecoming weekend is September 27-29, 2013. Reunion years are classes ending in a "3" or "8." Watch for more details and be sure to check out our Homecoming 2012 video recap here!

Upcoming Performances at the CLC

Women of Ireland
March 8, 7:30 p.m.

An innovative and exciting full-stage concert production which showcases the next generation of Ireland's leading female performers ... demonstrating the pure qualities of Irish music, song, and dance in a contemporary setting.
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The USAF Concert Band & Singing Sergeants
April 5, 7:30 p.m.

They performed for the President of the United States on inauguration Day!
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Cirque Zuma Zuma
April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Described by critics as an African Cirque du Soleil, this 90-minute show with non-stop action and amazing features will keep the audience breathless!
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The Merchant of Venice
April 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare's classic tragic comedy, set in modern Venice, is brought to you by our own top student performers.
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