SJF executive leadership doctorate program moves to hybrid format  

St. John Fisher University will begin offering a reimagined curriculum delivered in a hybrid format later this year for its Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership program.  

The 28-month accelerated program incorporates learning technologies, applied research and customized student services and blends face-to-face learning with digital delivery of course materials.  

The Ed.D. program – administered by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education – is designed for managers and executives working in a variety of sectors, including P-12 and higher education, health care, business, public administration, non-profit and law enforcement.  

“Since its founding, it has been the program’s mission to provide a unique, collaborative experience that will prepare our candidates to be successful in their executive roles and to be leaders in the community in which they work and live,” said Shannon Cleverley-Thompson, department chair. “Our curriculum, which is rooted in the philosophy of social justice and leadership for the public good, delivers individualized learning that meets the leadership interests of our candidates and fosters their personal and professional growth.” 

Virtual information sessions for the Ed.D. program will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Tuesday, March 14. Visit the program online for more information or to register for a session. 

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$1 million gift creates scholarship at SJF’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy  

A $1 million gift to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy will create opportunities for the next generation of students by providing substantial tuition assistance over the course of their academic careers. 

Birnie and Malmberg. (Submitted photo)

The gift is from Ludmilla (Lucy) P. Malmberg, a nationally renowned pharmacist, educational philanthropist and entrepreneur. 

“It is my belief that pharmacy is a small community that profoundly affects a large world,” said Malmberg in a release. “I am grateful for opportunity to come alongside St. John Fisher University in support of Wegmans School of Pharmacy students as they prepare to one day serve future patients and to strengthen our pharmacy profession in service to the world.”  

The Malmberg Pharmacy Scholar Award will be available to eligible students enrolling in the School’s Pharm.D. campus pathway beginning in fall 2023. Tuition assistance will range from $7,500 to $10,000 each year, totaling up to $40,000 across four years for each student recipient. 

In 2021, Malmberg made a $350,000 gift to establish the Lucy P. Malmberg Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship program and this new gift will provide an additional $350,000 to seed the endowment. The remaining $650,000 will provide immediate scholarships to students entering the pharmacy campus program. 

Additionally, Malmberg has given the school money to purchase iPad technology for first-year students, as well as a $100,000 gift in 2020 to offset the cost of student travel experiences. 

As co-founder and former chair of the Board of Directors of Wedgewood Pharmacy in New Jersey, Malmberg helped to transform the company from a local community pharmacy into the largest specialized compounding pharmacy in the United States.  

Over the last several years, Malmberg has become a strong advocate for the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council and sharing her expertise in compounding with students through guest lectures. 

“Lucy’s commitment to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy has been outstanding, not only in her philanthropy, but in sharing her expertise and experiences with our community,” said Christine Birnie, dean of the school. “We are privileged to have her as a partner and her legacy of giving will have a lasting impact on our students.” 

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Charlie Constantino is remembered for philanthropy, global impact through PAR Technology

Charlie Constantino

Businessperson and philanthropist Charles A. Constantino, 83, passed away on Nov. 21, leaving a legacy of local philanthropy that left a positive impact on Rochester and Central New York as well as globally.

A proud first-generation American, Constantino learned at a young age from his Sicilian parents to embrace family and a strong work ethic. His first job was behind a cash register at Caccamo’s market on Central Park in the city of Rochester. This job that his mother, Fannie, lovingly pushed him to at age 13 would prove to be a foreshadowing.

Two decades later, from behind a cash register at his McDonald’s store, Fannie would steer Constantino toward disruptive technology for point-of-sale (POS) systems worldwide. However, there would be numerous cash-register rings and decades of hard work before “success” would be deemed by stock-market numbers.

Constantino was schooled at St. Francis Xavier on Bay Street and graduated from East High School in 1957. He went on to be a member of the fifth graduating class of St. John Fisher College in 1961. He earned a master’s degree in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of Rochester and completed all-but-dissertation work for a PhD at Syracuse University.

In 2001, Constantino was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. John Fisher College (now St. John Fisher University), where he served on the college board for more than 40 years and as chairperson from 1998 to 2001. He was very proud that more than 30 members of his immediate and extended family graduated from Fisher, including two of his children.

He and his wife, Elaine, created the Constantino Family Scholarship and the Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship program at Fisher. Hundreds of students have earned degrees from Fisher and immeasurable opportunities by way of these scholarships.

While working as mathematician for the U.S. Department of Defense at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. he met engineer John Sammon, and together they co-founded PAR Corp. in 1968 (PAR = Pattern Analysis and Recognition). PAR’s government work included running operations at Cheyenne Mountain and helping Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf turn the “Mother of All Battles” into the “Mother of All Retreats” during the Persian Gulf War, ultimately saving thousands of American soldiers’ lives.

Today known as PAR Technology, the company is publicly traded as PAR on the New York Stock Exchange and retains a government division and commercial division. The commercial side was launched in the 1970s when Constantino revolutionized point-of-sale (POS) systems for restaurants and retail.

PAR’s POS work was initiated through Constantino’s ownership of five McDonald’s stores, where he worked directly with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc to improve several practices for franchises nationwide even before the revolutionary POS system.

These new McDonald’s practices included the addition of suggestive selling, a restructuring of mandated advertising, and the ability to construct McDonald’s stores in small-population communities, as he did in Canandaigua. Constantino joined Kroc in making videos at McDonald’s headquarters to introduce these new practices companywide. He had been on Kroc’s radar after earning the company’s coveted “Archie Award” for highest achievement when pursuing his operator’s license.

Constantino’s mother is credited for influencing the launch of PAR’s POS system. As a trainer for his stores, she witnessed math errors during counter transactions and persuaded Constantino and PAR to create the revolutionary system. Today there are more than a half-million PAR terminals in retail and hospitality operations in more than 110 countries. PAR systems not only make ordering at fast-food restaurants more accurate but also more efficient. In essence, Constantino helped ensure the word “fast” in fast food.

In addition to PAR, Constantino’s business ventures with colleagues included Flare Gate, Steriliz, Charlie Bubbles restaurant chain, and co-ownership of The Strathallan hotel for 20 years. He also consulted and guided dozens of Rochester area businesses.

A lifelong sports fan, Constantino attended the Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford Yankees Fantasy Camp and forged a friendship with Mantle. Together, they produced a successful videotape series starring Mantle and supported philanthropic ventures.

Constantino encouraged compassion and kindness and often advised his children and grandchildren of a lesson his parents taught him: “Do what you can, when you can, for as many people as you can. Help others.”

In addition to St. John Fisher College, Constantino’s philanthropic efforts included Rochester General Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in the Rochester area and Rome Catholic High and the Larry DeLutis Baseball Complex in Rome.

In Central New York he was inducted into the Catholic Schools Association of Rome Hall of Fame and the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and was honored with the Mohawk Valley Leadership EDGE Award.

Constantino is survived by his wife of 61 years, who was with him when he passed, overlooking his beloved Canandaigua Lake. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Richard Constantino, a medical doctor with the Rochester Regional Health and with whom he shared a close bond.

Constantino is also survived by his four children — Chuck Constantino, Cindy Constantino-Gleason, Caryn Hurwitz, and Sam Constantino — as well as their spouses, 11 grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at St. John Fisher University on Dec. 2.

Arrangements are through Memorials may be made in his memory to the Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program at St. John Fisher University, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618.

Dresden Engle is a friend of the Constantino family and is currently editing Charlie Constantino’s autobiography, which Constantino completed before his passing.

Alum gift enhances SJF’s intercollegiate athletics program 

St. John Fisher University has announced a gift from alumnus Kevin Dugan, a long-time supporter of the university’s nationally ranked baseball team, to fund the construction of the Dugan Family Practice Facility. 

Rendering of the Dugan Family Practice Facility. (Courtesy of SJF)

Dugan is a member of the university’s Presidents Society which recognizes individuals and organizations who have provided $1 million or more in total support to Fisher. 

“Kevin’s generosity and passion for our nationally recognized athletic programs is evident throughout campus and especially in our athletic facilities,” said Gerard J. Rooney, university president. “As a longtime member of the Board of Trustees, his leadership has had an immense and far-reaching impact on our mission to provide our students with an outstanding education and experience. His dedication to Fisher is greatly appreciated.” 

Dugan, who was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Cardinals’ baseball program, now in its 35th season.  

The team’s home field, Dugan Yard, first opened in 2001 following a gift from Dugan.  

Dugan further invested in the baseball program in 2013 with the construction of a new grandstand and other renovations throughout the facility. In 2021, another gift enabled the construction of a newly designed press box, new bleachers on the third base line, and a new team club house with a fully functional locker room. 

The addition of the Dugan Family Practice Facility will increase Fisher’s ability to recruit and develop its student-athletes, officials said.  

The indoor facility will feature a turf infield and can be sectioned off to allow hitters and pitchers to train simultaneously. Additionally, the facility will be outfitted with professional equipment including cutting-edge technology to breakdown swing patterns, chart pitches, replicate opponents’ pitching patterns and more that will allow Fisher’s coaching staff to further develop the team’s skills. 

“Both the inspiration and motivation behind my philanthropy at Fisher lies in the true meaning of family,” Dugan said. “The original gift establishing Dugan Yard 22 years ago was in honor of my father, who raised ten children and made sure that everyone knew that anything he did was because of and for our immediate and extended family. As a member of the Fisher family, it gives me great pleasure to continue to support St. John Fisher University.” 

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SJF workshop explores marrying into the family business  

The School of Business at St. John Fisher University will host a session on successfully bringing in-laws into the family business from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Country Club of Rochester.

The program is part of the University’s Family Business Initiative.  

Guest speakers Robert Denning, fourth-generation, president and CEO at Perry’s Ice Cream and Maxwell Herbst, third-generation financial analyst at Leonard’s Express, will provide an overview of their family firms and interview each other about their experiences entering a family business as an in-law. 

Topics will include: 

  • Knowing what to expect when your family does not have a business and you marry into one that does;  
  • Understanding the importance of family values and how they can impact business governance;  
  • Learning how to define the in-law-to-family working relationship, and 
  • Identifying and prioritizing opportunities to strengthen your family business by considering family relationships. 

“One of the biggest opportunities family businesses can consider, particularly during this difficult hiring period, is the human capital of family members and how they can contribute, potentially, to the running of the business,” said Carol Wittmeyer, interim dean of the School of Business. “The intention of the session is to share with participants how they can consider developing healthy relationships and opportunities for family members not currently involved in the business.” 

Tickets to the workshop are $75. Online registration is now open and closes on Oct. 6.

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SJF alum named to new position at the university’s School of Business  

St. John Fisher University alumnus Chantz B. Miles has been named the inaugural Rebecca Pelino ’86 Entrepreneur-in-Residence, a new staff position within the School of Business. He will serve as visiting assistant professor. 

St. John Fisher University alumnus Chantz B. Miles has been named the inaugural Rebecca Pelino ’86 Entrepreneur-in-Residence, a new staff position within the School of Business.

As the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Miles will teach courses, mentor students in both the Entrepreneurship and Investment Clubs and connect students with internship and experiential learning opportunities in the community. He will also guide students in their pursuit of business plan and entrepreneurship competitions as well as association memberships. 

Funded in part through a $150,000 gift from alumna and Board of Trustee member Rebecca Pelino, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program is designed to create a robust entrepreneurship program at the school.

Miles – who has more than 15 years of executive leadership experience –  will bring his experience as a health care and technology entrepreneur who has launched multiple successful business ventures. 

He currently serves as the regional director of the SUNY Brockport Small Business Development Center.

Prior to joining SBDC, Miles was the division director of business development for the Urban League of Rochester. There he served as director of the Entrepreneur Assistance Center, mentoring and advocating for small businesses. He also offered specialized advice to businesses working to obtain Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise certification. 

Miles holds an associate degree from Monroe Community College, two bachelor’s degrees from SUNY College at Buffalo and an executive MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a doctorate degree in Executive Leadership from Fisher, where his dissertation concentrated on implementing organizational culture and technology to further organizational effectiveness in charitable nonprofit organizations. 

“I look forward to making an impact on our students and developing long-lasting relationships with businesses in our Rochester community,” Miles said. “As an experienced entrepreneur, I believe in providing insightful advice to students and assisting them with navigating the land mines of the entrepreneurship journey.” 

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