Melissa Fruscione

Melissa FruscioneDirector of Graduate Admission

About Melissa

As a native of Western New York who was born in a blizzard, I am used to snow, but that doesn't mean I like it! While in law school, I worked for my University's President. This is where my passion for higher education began, which led me to admissions. I love working with prospective students and helping them articulate their expectations for a graduate program. I believe admissions work is about helping a student realize a dream. When I'm not working, I'm an avid photographer, a rose gardener, a cake decorator, and a "mom" to my wonderful miniature dachshunds.

Getting to Know Melissa

Your favorite way to relax:
Watching television!

Your dream vacation:
I would love to go to all of the tennis grand slams, especially Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

Your favorite historical figure, and why:
Teddy Roosevelt, because, in no particular order, he was a writer, an adventurer, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He respected nature and worked to preserve it for future generations. And he held people accountable, especially government and business leaders.

The coolest place you have visited:
A recent cool experience was visiting Alaska. I think I took over 1,000 pictures in about 2 days!

Your favorite thing about South Bend:
I really enjoy the arts in South Bend. We have some great theaters, live music venues, and art fairs.

Your favorite thing about Saint Mary's:
The people! Everyone is so kind, considerate, and helpful.

Melissa's Admission Tip for Prospective Students

It's simple - get started on your application early!