AU – 'Ever as Our Home'

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By Eileen Cody ’14

For the Fasano family, Alfred University is much more than just an alma mater. With four generations of AU graduates, the university is an integral part of the family’s history.

Revere SaundersHelen BrundigeThe most recent Fasano alumna, Elyse Fasano ’11, chronicles the Fasano family’s four-generation legacy at AU in Ever As Our Home, a photo book she created as her University honors thesis project in 2011.

 “Each of the experiences throughout the past 90 years has been distinctly different, but the apparent strings of similarity run throughout,” she writes. In the book, she compares various facets of each generation’s AU experience, including dorm life, athletics, Greek life, and the evolution of campus buildings.

Elyse’s great-grandparents, Revere Hamilton Saunders and Helen Brundige, were AU students from 1924-28 and were married after graduating. Their daughter Elizabeth Ann Saunders (Ann) enrolled in 1949. In her junior year math class, she met Joseph Fasano ’54, and they dated throughout college before marrying shortly after his graduation. They moved to Long Island but returned to Alfred in 1959, so Joe could serve as AU alumni director, a position he held until 1969. Ann took a job in Herrick Library, where she worked for 25 years before retiring in 1994. Fasano GenerationsJoe was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame for football in 1985, and in 1999, he received the Lillian Nevins Outstanding Alumni Award for his continued service to the University.

 Ann and Joe’s two children, Patrick and Kate, both attended AU – Kate spent three semesters on campus before finishing her degree at the State University of New York at Brockport; Patrick graduated from the University in 1980. A year later, Michelle (Shelley) McMillen moved to Western New York and met Patrick at a Delta Sigma Phi picnic. She ended up transferring to AU soon after, graduating with the class of 1984, and they were married that summer. For their daughter, Elyse, who had lived in Alfred as a child and spent summers there with her grandparents throughout her teenage years, enrolling in the University that had played such a large role in her family’s history was an obvious choice.

 Elyse Fasano and Tim Morrison“I’m lucky to have a place in my life that holds so much rich family history but is also very much my own,” she writes in the closing to Ever As Our Home. “Alfred will always be around me, be a part of me, and continue to influence me for the rest of my life.”

 After the sororities and fraternities at AU were closed, the former Delta Sigma Phi house, on the corner of Main Street near the traffic light, was renovated and re-dedicated as the Alfred University Welcome Center at the Fasano House in 2006 in recognition of the family’s continuing contributions to AU. The house also honors the memory of Patrick, who died in 1994, and Ann, who died in 2006. The Patrick A. Fasano Memorial Scholarship was also instituted through donations from Delta Sigma Nu alumni sisters.

For those who would like to contact Elyse about Ever as Our Home, please email her at: efasano2@gmail.com.

 

2 responses to “AU – 'Ever as Our Home'”

  1. Joe fasano Says:
    I am delighted that the Communications Department took the time to write about a her labor of love that Elyse Fasano '11 showed in publishing the story of her heritage.
    She is an outstanding person that I am extremely proud to call my grand daughter.
  2. Dan Carman Says:
    I very much look forward to reading Elyse's book. I was a pledge brother (Delta Sig), classmate and team mate (Lacrosse) with Pat Fasano, her father. I know her grandfather Joe as well. This should make for some very warm hearted reading, especially against the AU backdrop. Pat was a very soft spoken, well liked and easy going student athlete (soccer and lacrosse). A great guy and a friend.

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