Nazareth College Centennial Podcast

By Timothy Kneeland

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The Nazareth College Centennial Podcast features stories of amazing alumni, fascinating faculty, and the hidden history of Nazareth College. Your guide for each episode will be Timothy Kneeland, Director for the Center for Public History at Nazareth College.

Episode Date
Remembering Mary T. Bush (1928-2022)

Mary T. Bush served Nazareth College for 70 of its 100 years.  She was a beloved figure on campus and is recalled by those who worked with her.  The episode contains a short clip of Mary and guests including Dick Delvecchio, Tim Thibodeau, and Christine Bochen.  Music is provided by the Free Music Archive. 

Apr 29, 2023
Casa Italiana at Nazareth College

In this episode, Center for Public History student workers Jordyn Bagley and Rheanna Barney visit Casa Italiana Director Joelle Carota.  

Oct 15, 2022
"A Real Gem" Nazareth College 1973-2003, as remembered by Steve Lasalle

Stephen LaSalle was Treasurer and VP for Finance at Nazareth College for over 30 years during which the campus was transformed by buildings, land acquisitions, and remarkable financial stability.  Yet for Steve, it was the people of Nazareth who made Nazareth a "real gem in the community."

Aug 29, 2021
ORSI Reports : Orion the Service Dog

In this new podcast we discuss the role that Orion the service dog has played on the Nazareth campus 2020-2021

Jun 20, 2021
Sr. Kathy Weider and the Origins of Service Learning at Nazareth College

Sr. Kathy Weider describes how in the 1990s a group of dedicated faculty worked with Campus Compact to create a reflective learning experience through service learning on the Nazareth campus.  Weider mentions key faculty, how service reflects the order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and how service-learning has changed over the years.  Interview conducted by Kelsey Jones. 

May 09, 2021
The Good Samaritan: Barbara Lum, Selma 1965

This episode features Nazareth graduate Sr. Barbara Lum who was missioned to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma, Alabama  -- the only hospital in nine counties that would treat and teach students of color.  We explore Lum's eyewitness account of the Jim Crow South and her subsequent career.  Now in her 80s, Lum continues to work for social justice by promoting anti-racist behavior and by serving her community.  

Mar 31, 2021
Social Justice- Nazareth College in the Community

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Rashid Muhammad about his life and those things which influenced him including encounters with Nazareth College. Topics include black leaders in Rochester, including Roy Wheatley King, William Johnson, Jess Moore, John Walker;  Rashid's conversion to Islam in Turkey, and stories of how Dr. Muhammad Shafiq and the Sister of St Joseph influenced Rashid. 

Dec 27, 2020
Context, Compassion, and Courage- the antiracism formula of Dr. Rashid Mummahad

Dr. Rashid Muhammad is a community scholar and friend of Nazareth College who works with us on our antiracist agenda.  In this episode, Dr. Muhammad explores the deep history of racism in the U.S., the persistence of racial barriers in Rochester, and tells how Nazareth College community members inspired his own work in anti-racism.

Dec 11, 2020
Life and Legacy of Jim Feuerstein

Jim Feuerstein (1953-2020) taught at Nazareth from 1993-2018.  In this podcast, we explore the life and work of Dr. F who helped shape the Communication Sciences and Disorders department, the School of Health and Human Services, and the college itself.  Lisa Durant Jones, Interim VP for Community and Belonging, also shares her memories of working with Jim. 

Oct 17, 2020
Origin Story of Nazareth College

This episode of the podcast explores the origin of Nazareth College ca. 1924-1930.  We meet the incredible faculty who came together to open and run the college, the story of its various locations, and the incredible students who were the first class to graduate in 1928.

Sep 23, 2020
David Anderson and the Crusade Against Lead Paint

Storyteller, educator, historian, community organizer, and a follower of Marcus Garvey, David Anderson will be celebrating his 90th Birthday on Tuesday, April 28.  Growing up in Cincinnati, David Anderson was influenced by his parents and Marcus Garvey.  He moved to Rochester, New York in 1956 and struggled against the structural racism that segregated the black population into crowded, overpriced, and substandard housing.  In the late 1960s, he launched a crusade against lead poisoning which was a scourge afflicted African American children living in substandard housing.  Currently, David uses storytelling to evoke the past and to empower people who struggle against racism.  

Apr 27, 2020
The Rise of Men's Lacrosse at Nazareth College

Nazareth College was eager to build a men's sports program under Bob Kidera and Rose Marie Beston.  This is the story of how Nazareth went from no-lacrosse to the pinnacle of Division III lacrosse in just six years. 

Mar 17, 2020
Georgia Conner Youngblood

Georgia Conner Youngblood was an extraordinary person, intellectual, gracious, and loving.  She was also the first African American woman to graduate from Nazareth College (class of 1948).  This podcast includes interviews with her children and a classmate to provide listeners with her biography and her legacy.

Feb 22, 2020
Clarisse Martens Coggins class of 1943

Clarisse Martens Coggins was born in Port Byron, New York in 1922.  In 1939 she entered Nazareth College where she met some of the most extraordinary faculty in the college's history.  She made lifelong friends, found a career, and continued to give back to the college.  In this podcast she reminiscences about her life, her experiences at Nazareth College, and World War II. 

Dec 15, 2019
Magdalen LaRow

Magdalen LaRow (1928-1990) was a Nazareth College alum and Sister of Saint Joseph who returned to campus in 1955 to create the Art Department, oversee the campus Peace Corps program in the 1960s, influence the creation of the Arts Center in the 1960s, and who left a lasting impression on the campus and Nazareth community.   

To learn about this extraordinary person we speak with Deborah Janetos, Nazareth College Archivist, and Ron Netsky, long-time chair of the Art Department and a close friend of Sister LaRow.


Oct 18, 2019
Holocaust: The March Bearing Witness to Hope

For two decades students from Nazareth College have traveled to Germany and Poland to experience the sites where the Holocaust was planned and carried out. This transformational experience leads students to encounter survivors, stories of resistance, and the contemporary attempt to render suitable memorials to these events.   This episode features a discussion of the trip by Jamie Fazio one of the leaders of the trip, who explains the ultimate purpose of the trip is the have students aware of injustices in our own time.

Sep 25, 2019