Meet the Brockport Sweethearts ❤️ The College holds a special place in the hearts of many couples who met on campus — some even more than 60 years ago.

Ellen (Temmerman) Rougeux '82 & Philip Rougeux '82

The Rougeux couple will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on March 4.

In 1979, Resident Assistant Ellen Temmerman was delighted to discover the transfer student who caught her eye on move-in day would live on her floor in Perry Hall. Little did she know, that student — Philip Rougeux '82 — would become her husband one day. And more than 30 years later, their son would attend Brockport and happen to live in the same exact room she occupied that year.

"Late one evening, Phil thought it would be a good idea for us to drive to his hometown in Niagara Falls, as I had never been there. It was the first time we had done something just the two of us. He drove by his house (we didn't stop in, as it was about 3 am), and we got back to the dorm around 5 am with a memory etched in our minds for a lifetime." — Ellen Rougeux

Max Liquori '16 & Megan Termine '13

It became official Halloweekend 2010. Today, these sweethearts just moved into an apartment together in downtown Rochester.

"This relationship all started with the shy, low-voiced guy and the obnoxious, outgoing girl living across from each other in Mortimer Hall. It continues to grow in love and strength every day." — Megan Termine

Alisha Gruendike-Sheridan '11 & Todd Sheridan '11

It was 2008. He was the starting goalie on the hockey team. She was the student athletic trainer.

The couple married in August 2014 and now lives in New Jersey. (Alisha wishes Jimmy Z's delivered there.)

An occupational therapist at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Alisha helps people with neurologic and spinal cord injuries. Todd works in Human Resources. He still plays and coaches hockey, and these sweethearts enjoy returning to campus from time to time to catch a game in the ice arena.

Two generations of Brockport sweethearts...

Ryane (Gagen) Martino '14 & Sam Martino '14 + Kelly Comtois-Gagen '86 & Kevin Gagen '86

Both couples met during their junior years at Brockport.
"Kelly and I met on the 3rd floor of Perry Hall and married 04/09/88. Ryane is our oldest daughter, standing in the middle (above) next to Sam Martino, who both graduated May 2014. Both Ryane and Sam were involved with Greek life. They got engaged in October 2014 and married June 2016. It looks like the start of a tradition to meet your spouse at Brockport." — Kevin Gagen

Ryane is a special education teacher at Canastota High School, while Sam works at BNY Mellon as an intermediate representative. They have a one-year-old son, Greyson.

Mark '83 and Rosemary '83 Devine

"Brockport means everything to us; it’s our lucky charm. I wasn’t even going to go to college but decided at the last minute to go to Brockport. Everything Rose and I have built over 32 years of marriage (careers, kids, etc.) can be traced back to having apartments next to each other in Brockport." — Mark Devine
Mark and Rose in 1983.

Rose is an assistant principal at a performing and visual arts middle school in Phoenix. A former member of the 89.1 The Point team, Mark is now a morning radio host.

The "Sachmandolavich" crew is a trio of tight-knit Brockport couples...

Bill '07 & Salena '09 Sachman + Kyle '09 & Lindsay '09 Amendola + Bill '09 & Jennifer '11/'13 Turkovich = Sachmandolavich

L-R: Bill Turkovich, Kyle Amendola, Bill Sachman, Salena Sachman, Jennifer Turkovich, and Lindsay Amendola
"Our favorite Brockport–related memory is the “Pursue Something Greater” campaign celebration in 2014, where we got to dance and laugh with so many friends. Especially introducing the future Mr & Mrs. Turkovich." — Salena Sachman
  • Kyle Amendola is a portfolio management leader at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.
  • Lindsay (Geyer) Amendola is a store manager at Target.
  • Bill Sachman is a senior associate director of chapter programs at Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Salena (Morgan) Sachman is a physician liaison at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care.
  • Bill Turkovich is a senior associate at Hodgson Russ, LLP.
  • Jennifer (Battisti) Turkovich is an assistant director of constituent engagement for the health sciences at the University at Buffalo.
"[Bill and I volunteered] together at the Ronald McDonald House as part of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) board community involvement project in April 2014. Bill and I were assigned to make garlic bread for the house residents as part of our pasta night menu. After some burned, inedible garlic bread (mainly my fault, because I was so nervous) and some laughs, we truly hit it off. That day was the start of our relationship, and we have Brockport to thank for that!" — Jennifer Turkovich

Peter Gottfried '17 & Taryn Mogavero '15

These Buffalo natives met in 2013.

Peter, a former member of the club hockey team and Pi Kappa Phi, and Taryn, a former member of Phi Sigma Sigma, were engaged this past summer. They'll be married in July.

"In my first few collegiate years, I worked for The Fund for Brockport (Phonathon). We were responsible for calling alumni, and each person we would call had a profile: name, major, sports, etc. I remember sometimes seeing spouses listed and thinking, 'How sweet; they met their spouse at Brockport.' Well, fast-forward a few years — I'm now one of them...almost!" — Taryn Mogavero

Craig Gallagher '72 and Donna (Whyte) Gallagher '73

They started dating in the spring of 1971 and were married in May 1973.

"In the fall of 1970, Mortimer opened as the first coed dorm. [We] had suites next to each other, although separated by the elevator. Both of our children also graduated from Brockport — a dynasty!" — Donna Gallagher

Now retirees, Craig worked in the Financial Aid office at Brockport, and Donna worked for the federal government. They enjoy attending alumni events whenever they come back to visit the area.

Benjamin Haskell '17 & Michelle (Ballaron) Haskell '17

These sweethearts met on the Brockport Class of 2017 Facebook page.

The Haskell couple's wedding photos were snapped by another Brockport alum — who's also married to a Brockport alum. Cathy Craft '14 is a designer and photographer at the College, who also does freelance photography, and she's married to Caleb Craft '13.
"He wrote a post to see who would be going to the same summer orientation he would be. I commented on the post that I was, and he private messaged me. We have talked every day since that. That was almost six years ago. After 2.5 years, we got engaged, and 2.5 years after that, we were married. Together since May 8, 2013, married since July 7, 2018, and none of that would have happened if it weren’t for Facebook and Brockport." — Michelle Haskell

Amy (Moshenberg) Nieporent '76 & Tracy Nieporent '75

They met in August 1974, the beginning of her junior year and his senior year. This May, they'll celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary.

The Nieporent couple then and now.
"We have two adult sons. Amy is an instructor at Holy Name Medical Center’s School of Nursing, and I am a partner in NYC’s Myriad Restaurant Group (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Bâtard, etc.) and chairman of NYC Restaurant Week. My connection to Brockport continues. Yesterday, I hosted College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson and Vice President for Advancement Mike Andriatch for lunch at Tribeca Grill." — Tracy Nieporent

Danielle (Zaruba) Duerr '15 & Kevin Duerr '13

"Danielle and I met when we were working as RAs. We started dating in the winter of 2012 and just got married this past October!" — Kevin Duerr

Laurie (Bernstein) Guido '78 & Richard Guido '77

Rick (now an attorney) was an RA in Mortimer Hall, and Laurie (now a high school administrator) was an RA in Perry Hall.

They'll celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary in August.

Their first kiss: On the Erie Canal, next to the Tower Fine Arts building

Their first date: Rocky at The Strand movie theater on Main Street

"We have spent all of our married years in beautiful San Diego. We will always be thankful for our time at our alma mater." — Laurie Guido

Dan Stachnick '11 & Nicole (Parker) Stachnick '12

He was an earth sciences major. She was studying meteorology. After going on a few dates during college, Dan and Nicole reconnected a year later, after Nicole had been accepted to graduate school in Pittsburgh, PA.

They were married in September 2017 and now live in Ballston Spa, NY.

Dan works for Huntington Ingalls Industries as a safety analyst, and Nicole works at Filmworks 109 as a creative director.

Jackie (Blake) Harten '57 & Jack Harten '57

Jack and Jackie have been married for 62 years, engaged on Valentine's Day of 1956.

We met at Brockport and enjoyed our many years there and in our teaching and administration careers. We are now enjoying our retirement in Sun City Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC — playing lots of golf, swimming in Synchronettes, and using the most famous wood shop you have ever seen!" — Jackie Harten

These two have befriended several Brockport alumni couples who also happened to retire to Sun City.

Several BAWAFAS (Brockport Alumni Who Are Faculty And Staff) are also sweethearts...

Adam Standish '98/'00 & Betsy (Jerome) Standish '00

They met in Harmon Hall in the spring of 1997 — without knowing their dads were best friends in high school. Betsy's dad was even in Adam's parents' wedding.

Betsy loved to watch Adam play record-setting baseball. Today, Adam coaches their son, Mason, who plays baseball for the Brockport Bisons. They have a daughter named Addison who loves animals almost as much as her mom does.

These BAWAFAS sweethearts both work in the Division of Advancement. Adam is a major gift officer. Betsy is the associate director of alumni engagement.

Alyshia (Zurlick) O'Connor '04/'09 & Carl O'Connor '07/'09

These two love Brockport so much, even Ellsworth was a wedding guest.

Fun story: When they first started working together as RDs, they attended a speed-painting performance in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. One of the giveaways was a speed painting of John F. Kennedy. Carl wasn't happy when Alyshia won the painting instead of him. Little did he know, it would be hanging in their house five years later.

Carl is the assistant director of housing in the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities. Alyshia is the executive assistant to the provost.

Brockport is home. It is also our future. — Carl O'Connor

Have your own Brockport love story to share? ❤️

Send it to theport@brockport.edu or share it on Facebook using #bportsweethearts.

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