Nazareth College (New York)
|Religious affiliation||None (formerly Roman Catholic)|
|President||Daan Braveman, J.D.|
|Academic staff||157 full-time|
|Location||Pittsford, NY, USA|
|Campus||Suburban: 150 acres|
Purple & Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division III|
Nazareth College is a coeducational, independent college located in suburban Rochester, in the U.S. state of New York. It was founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph as Nazareth College of Rochester.
At the request of Bishop Hickey of Rochester, five Sisters of St. Joseph — with Ph.D’s that included graduate study at Oxford University and the Sorbonne — founded Nazareth College in 1924. The first class was composed of 25 young women who began their studies in a large mansion on Lake Avenue in Rochester, New York. The original mansion that housed the college was known as "the Glass House." At that time, the college offered Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, each with a liberal arts core.
In response to increasing enrollment, the college moved to a larger facility in 1928, located at 402 Augustine Street.
In January 1942, the college moved to its present-day campus on East Avenue in the suburb of Pittsford. In the 1950s the college responded to the need for graduate study by adding majors and by the 1970s was renowned for quality teacher education and social work. Study abroad programs and intercollegiate sports were also added in the 1970s. During this time of monumental change—that included lectures from eminent figures such as John Ciardi, Robert Fitzgerald, Edward Said, Gabriel Marcel, Dorothy Day, Rudolph Nureyev, and Oscar Arias, the President of Costa Rica—the college became co-educational and governmentally independent of the religious congregation. Nevertheless, it retained its original focus on academic excellence and the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph: “serving all without distinction.” (History of Nazareth College, Nazareth College Archives)
Nazareth competed in men’s intercollegiate athletics for the first time in 1977. The official nickname of the sports teams became the Golden Flyers. Golden for the Nazareth colors, and flyers for the bird-like symbol which was part of the Nazareth logo. Today Nazareth supports 24 varsity and 1 junior varsity sports teams, the most recent, added in 2013, men’s ice hockey.
In the late 1980s a five-year degree program in Health Sciences/Physical Therapy was added. Students in the program were awarded a BS in Health Sciences and a Masters in Physical Therapy. This program was the foundation for Nazareth's six-year clinical doctoral program in Physical Therapy (DPT), accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
In the early 2000s, the college purchased adjacent land from the Sisters of St. Joseph, including the former Motherhouse and Infirmary. This acquisition doubled the campus size to its current 150 acres. As a result of generous support from college benefactors (including Tom Golisano, the founder of Paychex), the Motherhouse became the Golisano Academic Center. The Infirmary is now George Hall, a residence that also houses Colie's, a popular spot for coffeehouses and late night study.
The decade of the 2000s also saw the construction of new state-of-the-art residence halls, including Portka Hall, Clock Tower Commons, and Lyons and Breen.
In 2003, Nazareth College was removed from The Official Catholic Directory, having been declared no longer a Catholic institution by Rochester Bishop Matthew H. Clark. It was the second time since Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic universities in 1990, that a bishop declared a historically Catholic college or university to be not Catholic.
Today, Nazareth College is described as "maintaining many favorable connections with the founding congregation" but "inclusive, non-denominational, comprehensive" (History of Nazareth College, Nazareth College Archives).
The Nazareth College Arts Center reopened in the Fall of 2009 after a $10.5 million renovation project. Major changes were made to the stage, which is now a hybrid (proscenium-thrust) stage with a modified fly system.
Peckham Hall, the Integrated Center for Math and Science, opened in 2012. Named after lead donors Nancy and Larry Peckham, the $30 million facility supports majors in math and science fields, as well as future teachers of math and science. It also provides important learning facilities for students in health and human services programs.
Currently, fundraising is underway for the Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute. This project involves an extensive renovation of Carroll Hall to house all of the clinics associated with the School of Health and Human Services.
Nazareth College is organized into four core schools:
- The College of Arts and Sciences
- The School of Education
- The School of Health and Human Services
- The School of Management
Majors and Programs
- Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies: American Studies, Asian Studies, Women and Gender Studies
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences: Biochemistry; Biology
- Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services: Accounting; Business Administration; Human Resource Management; Marketing
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Communication, Journalism and Related Programs: Communication and Rhetoric
- Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services: Information Technology
- Education: Art Education; Business and Marketing Education; Adolescent Education; Inclusive Childhood Education; Music Education
- Foreign Languages, Literature, and Linguistics: English; French; German; Italian; Spanish
- Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Music Therapy; Nursing; Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
- History: History
- Mathematics and Statistics: Mathematics
- Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace and Justice Studies
- Natural Resources and Conservation: Environmental Science
- Philosophy and Religious Studies: Philosophy; Religious Studies
- Physical Sciences: Chemistry
- Psychology: Psychology, Gerontology (minor Program)
- Public Administration and Social Service Professions: Social Work
- Social Sciences: Anthropology; Economics; International Business; International Studies; Political Science; Sociology
- Visual and Performing Arts: Art - Studio; Art History; Art Education; Visual Communication Design; Music; Music/Business; Music History; Music Performance; Music Theatre; Music Theory; Theatre Arts
Fulbright Program at Nazareth
- In 2012, Nazareth students received six Fulbright awards—a record number in one year for the college. This placed the institution in the number one spot (in the Master’s Institutions category) of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, 2012–13 list. A total of 23 Nazareth students have received Fulbright awards in the last six years. Since 1990, Nazareth graduates have been granted Fulbright awards for study in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Venezuela, and Yemen. South Korea Fulbright ETA Liam Connolly '12 currently serves as the Executive Assistant for the Korean-American Educational Commission, also known as Fulbright Korea.
- Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program’s objective is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international education exchange.
- Nazareth College offers an honors program to provide its most capable students with opportunities and challenges appropriate to their abilities and motivation. The goal of the program is to encourage academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and independent scholarship.
- Students admitted to the honors program complete two semesters of study in logic and two in rhetoric. These are followed by two three-credit graduate-level honors seminars, a one-credit course to conduct research for the honors thesis, and a three-credit honors thesis writing course in the senior year. Themes for the seminars may change from year to year, but all seminars are interdisciplinary in nature, exploring selected topics from many points of view. All topics involve in-depth study of important source materials selected for their diversity and historical scope.
- 150 acres (0.61 km2)
- 24 buildings, including 11 residence halls, a 2,200 seat stadium and all-weather track.
- The Golisano Academic Center was built in 1927. It is the oldest and largest building on campus, once serving as the "motherhouse" for the Sisters of St. Joseph. It was purchased from the Sisters of St. Joseph in 2003 and is now used for academic and administrative purposes. Features of the Center include the ornate Linehan Chapel and Caffe Sorelle.
- Nazareth's Integrated Center for Math and Science, Peckham Hall, opened in fall 2012. The center features multi-purpose research spaces (including state-of-the-art labs and classrooms), a range of support services, and a variety of student centers. It is also the first project on campus to achieve a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified green building rating.
- The Nazareth College Arts Center, which houses the departments of Theatre Arts, Music, and Art, has entertained almost three million people at performances since it opened in 1967. The Arts Center was renovated in September 2009 to become a dance and performance venue. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.)
- On-campus clinics for speech and hearing, reading and physical therapy allow students to gain practical experience, and are also open to the Rochester community.
- Although Nazareth College has been independent since the 1970s, the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph is honored by the Meditation Garden located next to Golisano, which includes a labyrinth, benches, and a statue of Mary which once stood on the grounds of Smyth Hall.
- The library was dedicated in 1957, and, after a major expansion in 1978, was renamed in honor of Lorette Wilmot (1927-1976), long time friend and benefactor of Nazareth College. The beautiful Saint Jerome Window was created by upstate New York artist John Menihan (1908-1902). To keep pace with changing technology and student needs, the library was expanded again in 1996 and partially renovated in 2010. The Thomas Merton Room houses the library's best known special collection.
- A network of underground tunnels connects many of the buildings on campus, allowing students and employees to avoid the cold and snow of the winters in upstate New York.
Nazareth College Arts Center
Renovated in 2009, the Nazareth College Arts Center is a state-of-the-art venue with spaces including:
- Sands Family Pavilion, featuring a grand staircase leading to Callahan Theater;
- Jayne Summers Hall, a space for gathering before performances and during intermission;
- Fine Arts Gallery, a large space for Nazareth College, greater Rochester, and national exhibitions;
- Lipson Patrons Lounge
- Wegman Family Sculpture Garden, a four-season garden featuring three-dimensional artwork by Nazareth College faculty;
- Master’s Family Community Theater, a smaller space for community performances and events;
- Callahan Theater, a theater that seats approximately 800;
- Performance Studio, a space for dance and theater rehearsals, instruction, and creation;
- Margaret Colacino Gallery, a space for student and faculty art shows, as well as national art exhibitions.
The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Rochester Children’s Theatre and Bach Children’s Chorus as well as the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. The Arts Center houses the Nazareth College departments of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts.
Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
The Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) at Nazareth College was founded in 2005. In 2011, a major gift of $500,000 was offered to Nazareth by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) of Herndon, Virginia provided that it was matched by local donors. Brian and Jean Hickey matched this gift resulting in the renaming of the center to the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College. The endowed chair of the Center was left to the choosing of IIIT, and they selected Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, a local imam. The Center is part of Nazareth’s College of Arts and Sciences and located in the Golisano Academic Center. It has been a leader in advancing the power of dialogue and in teaching students and members of the community strategies for living peacefully in a religiously diverse world. Dr. Muhammad Shafiq is the executive director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and a professor of Islamic and religious studies at the college. In addition, he was the Imam of the Islamic Center of Rochester, the largest mosque in the Rochester metropolitan area.
The Casa Italiana (Italian House) is a center of Italian language, literature, and culture. It serves as a cultural center for both the college and the Rochester metropolitan area. Built with the help of the Italian-American community of the greater Rochester area in 1978, the Casa promotes traditional and contemporary Italian culture, explores the Italian-American experience, and seeks to enhance exchanges between the United States and Italy. The reading room at the Casa provides both the college and the community with language and culture resources, and the classroom provides an environment in which both students and community members alike can study the Italian language. Cultural events organized by the Casa include lectures, cooking and language classes, film nights, conferences, concerts, seminars, symposia, bocce tournaments, art shows, and trips to Italy.
La Maison Française (French House) is a home converted into a cultural center and residence hall for 13 selected foreign language majors. The French House offers a living environment and resource center for students who wish to immerse themselves in French culture and practice speaking French. La Maison Française also offers a line-up of cultural events throughout the year. Such gatherings, which include French film nights, cultural and historical lectures, reader’s theater showcases, Francophone regional dinners and campus diversity dinners, occur on Thursday evenings and are prepared by the French department and the house residents.
- Nazareth is among The Princeton Review's "The Best 378 Colleges" for 2014, which represents the top 15% of all colleges and universities in the US.
- The Princeton Review named Nazareth College a "Best in the Northeast" for 2013.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education Names Nazareth a Great College To Work For in 2010.
- The U.S. News & World Report ranked Nazareth 27th in the "Universities-Masters, North" category for 2014.
- Included in 2008 U.S. News & World Report's Great Schools at Great Prices list.
- Nazareth College ranked number 27 on a list of the Top 100 Master's Universities by the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings.
Nazareth men and women athletic teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Golden Flyers are a member of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference (Empire 8); for men's volleyball, Nazareth is a member of the single-sport United Volleyball Conference. Athletic facilities at Nazareth include the Robert A. Kidera Gymnasium (1,200) and Golden Flyer Stadium (2,200).
Men's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The Nazareth men's lacrosse team is a three-time NCAA Division III National Champion (1992, 1996, and 1997). The team has also appeared in the NCAA postseason tournament nineteen times. In 2011, the Nazareth men's indoor volleyball team achieved a #1 national ranking and won the Molten Division III National Championship, while in 2013 they finished runner-up in the NCAA Division III championship to Springfield.
The traditional rival of Nazareth College is St. John Fisher College, located just a mile to the north. The annual men's basketball game between the two schools is known as "The Battle of the Beaks."
Nazareth College has a strong reputation in the Rochester area for community service. Over 90% of its students participate in some form of community service during their college careers, often during freshman orientation. The school also has a campus ministry program to connect students to various volunteer organizations. In addition, over 60% of alumni are known to participate regularly in community service. In 2007, the college was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (with distinction). And in 2013, Nazareth was only one of five schools in the country named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive, at the federal level, for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Nazareth has more than 29,000 alumni residing in all 50 states and 38 countries around the world.
Notable Nazareth alumni include:
- Jack Allocco, an Emmy award-winning composer, conductor, music producer, and music director whose career includes television, film and theater.
- Sean Ferrell, a novelist (author of NUMB and Man in the Empty Suit).
- Jeff House, an assistant coach in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the Chicago Sky.
- Jim Jabir, head coach of the University of Dayton women's basketball team and leader in all-time wins.
- Edward J. Monster, a U.S. Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. State Department
- Michael Park, an Emmy award-winning actor, best known for his role of Detective Jack Snyder on As the World Turns
- Neal Powless, an Iroquois lacrosse player from the Six Nations of the Grand River Indian reserve near Brantford, Ontario
- Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, a documentary photographer
- Maria Russo, a dramatic soprano
- Barbara Staropoli, SSJ, a soprano, Nazareth Music Department Chair (1995-2003), Congregational vice-president, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester
- Jeff Van Gundy, a head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1996 to 2007 before becoming an NBA analyst for ESPN.
- Mary Beth West, executive vice president and CMO of Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, Inc.
Traditions and lore
- Every April, Nazareth students celebrate the year with a festive event called "Spring Fest."
- While many first year students are told Medaille Hall is haunted by a nun, the ghost story is an urban legend, and likely has its origins in a local tragedy that did not occur at Nazareth (Source: College Archives Committee). Haunted houses are held in various campus buildings every Halloween, co-sponsored by campus clubs as fundraisers for service projects.
- On the main roadway right before the circle in front of the Golisano Academic Center, there is an English Oak tree. This tree was brought to Nazareth by members of the Sisters of St. Joseph from Sherwood Forest in England. Legend has it that Robin Hood used to hide in the hollowed trunk of an English Oak in Sherwood Forest.
- On the north campus, behind the Golisano Academic Center, a wooded hillside shelters a small cemetery dedicated to the departed pets of the Sisters of St. Joseph who used to inhabit the building. More than a dozen small headstones mark the final resting places of cats, dogs, and even two horses, from Rusty in 1984 (“A good friend”) to Mickey in 2012 (“Loved by All”).
- Above the entrance to Linehan Chapel sits the choir loft. And above that, on the building’s fourth floor, is a small window, now inaccessible to the public. The fourth floor was the infirmary back when the Golisano Academic Center was still the S.S.J. motherhouse, and campus lore has it that the window was opened during Mass so ailing sisters could “attend” the services.
- Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science, an association of 19 post-secondary educational institutions located on the Nazareth College campus.
Notes and references
- "New York Archdiocese Says Marist College 'No Longer Catholic'". Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- Arts Center Facilities, http://www.naz.edu/theatre-arts/facilities
- Nazareth College Casa Italiana
- Nazareth College Casa Italiana: Events & Activities
- Nazareth College Casa Italiana: Events & Activities
- Nazareth College Casa Italiana: Casa Lectures
- Nazareth College Casa Italiana: Culture Courses
- Nazareth College Casa Italiana: About Festeggiamo le Arti
- Nazareth College - Residential Life - Residence Halls - La Maison Francaise
- "Nazareth College Undergraduate Admissions: Fast Facts". Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- "Learn and Serve America". Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- Elizabeth Tucker, Campus Legends: A Handbook (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005), p. 80