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Fine Arts Wall of Honor

In 2005, the Alumni Association - in collaboration the school and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts - inaugurated the Fine Arts Wall of Honor.
 
Recognizing the long tradition of St. Joe's student achievement in the arts, and that these accomplishments have added to the cultural richness of the school, the Fine Arts Wall of Honor was established to pay tribute to those individuals who explored their talents while at St. Joe's and then carried these with them throughout their lives and careers. Nominees shall have made a significant contribution in the arts while at St. Joe's, and alumni nominees must have graduated not fewer than ten years ago.
 
UPDATE: The 2016 Fine Arts Wall of Honor induction ceremony will be held on December 14, 2016. Due to inclement weather, the induction ceremony has been moved to St. Joe's. The St. Joe's Winter Departmental Concert at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 15th at 7 p.m.
 
This year's inductees include Raymond G. Collins '81, Patrick J. McPartland '91, and Jeffrey R. Tanski '01.
 

Raymond G. Collins '81

At St. Joe's Ray was the drummer for the St. Joe's Swing Choir.  He credits Brother Joe Radice, FSC, with helping him to get an internship at 97 Rock in Buffalo during his senior year, which set him on the path to pursue broadcasting.  In addition to music, he was captain of the tennis team and All-Catholic.  After graduating, he attended St. Bonaventure University, majoring in journalism.  He has worked in television broadcast news for over 30 years, including stations in Virginia, Florida, and Buffalo.  He was WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) first Wake Up anchor in the early 1990s.  Ray has covered news stories ranging from presidential inaugurations to the Super Bowl, and has spent the majority of his career in Florida. He has received numerous awards for his work including "Individual Achievement for Overall Excellence" from the Associated Press.  Today, he appears nightly on Sarasota's ABC affiliate station, and owns a communications consulting business.

Patrick J. McPartland '91

During his days at St. Joe's, Pat McPartland was the yearbook photographer and play/musical photographer.  He specifically remembers being influenced by Brother Fred Dihlmann, FSC, who taught his students to minister through gifts and example.  After graduation, he attended Bellarmine University and majored in photojournalism.  Right out of college, he began working at the Western New York Catholic newspaper.  Over the last 20 years, Pat has documented the tenures of three bishops of Buffalo through photos, organized the 2015 multi-national Catholic Media Conference hosted in Buffalo, and covered papal visits of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI at World Youth Day.  In July 2016, Pat was named Managing Editor of the Western New York Catholic.  In addition to his work at the Diocese of Buffalo, he owns and operates a freelance photography business, and his photos have been picked up by news outlets around the country and world, for events such as the Buffalo snowstorm of November 2014.

Jeffrey R. Tanski '01

Jeff Tanski was a member of the Concert Band and Jazz Lab Band playing piano, and also a member of the Spring Musical orchestra, and accompanist for Varsity Singers and Swing Choir.  He attended Indiana University to study music education, and Hofstra University for a master's degree in music education and conducting.  Currently, Jeff is the associate music director on Broadway in New York City for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (began running in 2014).  He has served in the same role for Jekyll & Hyde (2012 revival), and Bonnie & Clyde, as well as the conductor for the Broadway production of Catch Me if You Can.  Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks, 42nd Street, and Funny Girl.  Previously, he was music director for the Helen Hayes Youth Theater in Nyack, NJ and music director for the McCarter Theater Education Department in Princeton, NJ.  Jeff also worked with Trey Anastasio in summer 2015 to arrange and score the Grateful Dead's music catalog for the band's Fare Thee Well  farewell concert tour.  

Registration and tickets can be purchased online here.
 
If you would like to nominate someone for the 2017 Fine Arts Wall of Honor, please complete the online nomination form. Please contact Alexander J. Eadie '07 at 716.270.4142 or aeadie@sjci.com with any questions.