Aug. 26, 2005


  1. St. Bonaventure to kick off Capital Campaign on Sept. 16 with Quick, Dee, Eckelman and Molinaro as leaders
  2. University receives $2 million gift to expand library
  3. Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., to serve as SBU's VP for Franciscan Mission
  4. Dr. Skip Saal to retire at end of 2005-06 academic year
  5. Ferguson to step down, return to Ohio
  6. Fr. David Blake, O.F.M., to serve as interim head of FCSC
  7. SBU retains rankings in U.S.News & World Report
  8. Thompson named new director of The Warming House
  9. Bjorn Again to headline Family Weekend
  10. Freshmen arrive for Welcome Days
  11. Newsmakers ...


St. Bonaventure to kick off Capital Campaign on Sept. 16 with Quick, Dee, Eckelman and Molinaro as leaders

St. Bonaventure University will launch the public phase of its “Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure” with a celebration on Sept. 16 on the University campus.The goal of the campaign, which will culminate during the University's sesquicentennial year of 2008-09, will be announced at the event.

Leading the campaign will be Leslie C. Quick III as chair, joined by co-chairs Raymond C. Dee, Arnold J. Eckelman and Lisa J. (Melillo) Molinaro.

"We are enormously grateful to these wonderful individuals for their willingness to devote their time, energies, and talents to this very important campaign," said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., University president. "This fund-raising campaign will be transformative in the life of St. Bonaventure University. The leadership that Les, Ray, Arnie, and Lisa are bringing to this will help ensure the campaign's ultimate success."

Leslie Quick III is a founder of a new wealth advisory firm, Massey, Quick & Co., LLC, based in Morristown, N.J.

Quick earned a bachelor's degree in 1975 from St. Bonaventure and began his career that year as the fourth employee of Quick and Reilly Inc., the first New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) member to offer discount stock brokerage to the investing public. The Quick and Reilly Group Inc. was acquired by Fleet Bank in 1998 and he finished his 28-year career as chairman of Fleet Securities Inc.

Active with the University for many years, Quick began his service with the National Alumni Board and held many positions including national chair of the Annual Bonaventure Fund, leader of regional campaigns in New York City, and vice chair of the committee for the Capital Campaign completed in 1992. He previously served as a University trustee from 1985-2000, holding the position of chair of the Board from 1998-2000.

Quick has served on many industry boards and committees and currently serves on the boards of St. Bonaventure, Oak Knoll School, Bishop's Finance Council for the Diocese of Metuchen and the Finance Council for Our Lady of Perpetual Help as well as chairing the Campaign for the Heart at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Quick is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Flame of Charity's Man of the Year, and holds an honorary degree from St. Bonaventure University.

Raymond C. Dee, a 1964 graduate of the University, is chairman of Service Center Metals in Prince George, Va.

A member of the Board of Trustees since 2000, Dee served as executive vice president of Cressona Aluminum Co., a firm he helped found in 1979, until its sale to Alumax in 1996. He served as managing director for British Aluminum Extrusions from 1998 to 2001.

In addition to his bachelor's degree in economics from St. Bonaventure, he holds an MBA from Loyola University, Chicago. After receiving his commission from the University's ROTC unit, he served in the U.S. Army for five years, achieving the rank of captain. He was named to the ROTC Hall of Fame in 2002.

An active alumnus, Dee has served on the SBU President's Council, National Alumni Board and Capital Campaign Committee, and in the externship program. He has provided leadership for the Annual Bonaventure Fund, taking on the posts of national vice chairman and alumni chairman prior to serving as national chairman of the 102nd Annual Bonaventure Fund. He was SBU's Alumnus of the Year in 1990.

He has also served as a trustee for Alvernia College in Reading, Pa., as a board member for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and the Schuylkill Economic Development Corp., as president of St. John the Baptist Church Council, and as board chair of Seaton Manor.

Dee and his wife, Maureen, live in Pottsville, Pa. Of the couple's six children, three daughters — Maureen, Denise and Mary Beth — have graduated from St. Bonaventure.

Arnold J. Eckelman earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1966 from St. Bonaventure.

A retired vice president of operations for Verizon Communications Corp., he enjoyed a telecommunications career that spanned 32 years.

Eckelman has been a member of the St. Bonaventure President's Council since 1995, and has been a matching gift corporate chair for the Annual Fund since 1992. He has been a loyal supporter of St. Bonaventure's Annual Fund, and has participated in many University events. He assumed a leadership role in inaugurating the University's Metro New York Gaudete Medal Awards program in April 1997, and continued in a leadership position for the 1998 event.

His community involvements include the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Junior Achievement in New York City. He resides in New Fairfield, Conn., with his wife, Janice.

Lisa J. (Melillo) Molinaro earned a bachelor of arts degree from St. Bonaventure in 1981, and for the past several years has focused on staying home to care for her young family, including children Danielle, Alexa and Matthew, though for the last two years she has served as a partner in a jewelry store.

Molinaro he has amassed extensive hands-on experience in organizational fund raising for nonprofit organizations in her hometown of Stamford, Conn. She spent three years as president of the St. Gabriel Home-School Association and two years as vice president of St. Cecelia's Home-School Association as well as five years as co-chair of various fund-raising auctions at both schools.

She is also a former board member of Stamford Catholic Regional Schools and served two years as co-chair of the Kinglow-Heywood Thomas fund raiser. Her husband, Samuel L. Molinaro Jr., also a St. Bonaventure graduate, is a University trustee and currently chief financial officer of Bear Stearns.

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University receives $2 million gift to expand library

As St. Bonaventure University prepares to kick off the public phase of its “Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure,” its academic leadership is celebrating the receipt of a $2 million gift that will expand Friedsam Memorial Library to house the University's Rare Books Collection.

The gift was made by the Paul and Irene Bogoni Foundation.

The uniqueness of the Rare Books Collection, which includes treasures gathered over more than a century, prompted the gift. In reviewing just the books collected through The Franciscan Institute, scholars from the National Endowment for the Humanities described the collection as “a unique national asset of great value to American humanistic scholarship.”

The collection includes more than 9,000 rare books and manuscripts dating from the 12 th century up to and including the seminal journals of renowned monastic Thomas Merton, who taught English at St. Bonaventure in the early 1940s, as well as collections from various provincial and college libraries that were entrusted to St. Bonaventure when the institutions closed.

It includes such treasures as an 18-foot vellum scroll recounting biblical history from the time of Adam to that of Christ and the Apostles, hand-lettered and drawn by a Franciscan friar in the form of a genealogical tree, as well as hand-lettered commentaries and psalters and early printed books.

“This collection is truly one of the precious treasures, not only of St. Bonaventure University and the Franciscan Institute, but of the worldwide Church,” said University president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D. “Our deepest thanks and appreciation go to the donors who have seen fit to help us to protect and share this treasure.”

The library expansion will protect this stunning collection with state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, security and fire suppression systems. The design also provides the required vault storage space incorporating high density shelving to maximize floor space and efficiency.

The design of the addition, rather than replicating the existing structure, will complement both the original library and the 1970s addition with an assemblage of materials and textures.

The terra cotta roofing that for decades has helped distinguish the St. Bonaventure campus will be incorporated into the design, with high-performance glass offering a way to safely open the reading rooms and common areas to beautiful southerly views and to integrate with the glass and brick of the 1970s addition.

The addition will be set back from the main north facade, providing an outdoor contemplative garden area as well as superlative views of the surrounding campus and distant hills by day, while it will become a glowing beacon of knowledge at night.

The University is working with Cannon Design Architects of Buffalo on the addition.

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Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., to serve as SBU's VP for Franciscan Mission

Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., a Buffalo native and 1970 graduate of the University, will lead efforts to keep the mission of St. Bonaventure University's founding Franciscan order central to all aspects of life at the University.

Br. Edward, who most recently served as secretary of Holy Name Province, accepted the position of vice president for Franciscan Mission, effective Aug. 15.

 “Br. Ed Coughlin already enjoys a reputation for excellent educational and Franciscan leadership here at St. Bonaventure University,” said University president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D. “His return after an absence of nine years allows us to recapture his commitment to furthering the Franciscan intellectual tradition and his creative approach to community formation. I am delighted to have him join our Cabinet.”

“I am delighted to be returning to St. Bonaventure's in yet another capacity. I look forward to meeting the challenges of the office of VP for Franciscan Mission,” said Br. Edward. “I hope that I will be able to both encourage and assist the University community in better understanding and embracing the practical implications of the University's Franciscan heritage and intellectual tradition as well as exploring the many ways this heritage makes Bona's a unique learning environment and experience.” 

The vice president for Franciscan Mission is appointed by and responsible to the president, providing executive leadership in integrating the Franciscan mission into all aspects of University life, business and conduct. The vice president is responsible for developing a collaborative relationship with the various units of the University that have a role in furthering the Franciscan and Catholic identity of St. Bonaventure, including the Franciscan Institute and School of Franciscan Studies, Mt. Irenaeus, University Ministries, the Journey Project and the Franciscan Center for Social Concern.

Principal functions are to ensure that all members of the University community develop a basic understanding of the Franciscan charism; advise fellow Cabinet members and senior administrators and participate in the formation of policy and decisions with a eye to preserving the Franciscan tradition and values; to participate in the recruitment and retention of qualified Franciscan friars, sisters and Secular Franciscans for open positions when appropriate; and to assist the president in continuing formation of the community life of the University.

Br. Edward previously served as director of the University's renowned Franciscan Institute for five years, from 1991-95, was a University trustee from 1985-90 and currently serves as a trustee of Mt. Irenaeus.

Along with Sr. Margaret, he is a member of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, appointed by the English-speaking Conference of the Friars Minor.

“The FIT project is a collaborative effort that seeks to retrieve the tradition in the hope of bringing its insights and wisdom into dialogue with contemporary issues and concerns,” Br. Edward explained.   He was an adjunct faculty member and counselor at St. Bonaventure from 1974-77, and has remained a member of the Institute's summer faculty since 1984.

After his service at St. Bonaventure, he most recently served since 1996 as secretary of Holy Name Province. His other provincial leadership roles have included director of ministerial development and planning, provincial councilor and director of initial formation for Holy Name Province, delegate to international meetings of the Order of Friars Minor in Brazil and Kenya, and service as an organizational consultant for adult education and spiritual direction as well as vicar of the Friary at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City.

But during his recent service in New York City, he has maintained ties with St. Bonaventure. In addition to his provincial responsibilities, he has also served since its inception on the editorial board of the Franciscan Institute's Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series, an Institute initiative that provides students and other seekers with annotated translations from the Latin originals of the works of St. Bonaventure.

He has also served since 1996 on the board of directors of St. Francis Friends of the Poor in New York City and was a trustee of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo from 1996-2000.

Among his recent publications are “On the Significance of Being You,” in The Cord; and “That Others May Know and Love: Essays in honor of Zachary Hayes,” which he edited with Fr. Michael F. Cusato, O.F.M., current director of the Institute; and “Clare of Assisi: A Paradigm for Building Partnership,” published in the New Theology Review. He was one of two keynote presenters at the Franciscan Federation National Assembly in 2003 and one of six presenters at Bonaventure Fest, sponsored the same year by the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia.

In addition to his bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Bonaventure, Br. Edward also earned a master of arts degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College and a master's and Ph.D. in guidance and counseling from Catholic University of America.

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Dr. Skip Saal to retire at end of 2005-06 academic year

Dr. Frank E. "Skip" Saal, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2005-2006 academic year. Saal was named vice president for academic affairs in July 2001 and was named provost Nov. 1, 2004.

"Skip Saal has been an outstanding academic leader for this University," said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president. "He has been a great colleague and a true friend. He has helped to guide the University through several very important accreditation processes and has been instrumental in the creation of Blueprint for Progress, our strategic plan. His insight, dedication and commitment to the highest ideals will benefit the University for many years to come.

"Also, Skip has restored faculty confidence in the integrity of the communications from the administration to the faculty. This may be the most lasting and important legacy of his tenure."   During Saal's tenure, the University has achieved reaccredidation by Middle States and recertification by the NCAA. In addition, the School of Business, the School of Education, and Clare College have all received accreditation by their respective organizations.

Saal also guided the implementation of the University's "Signature Programs" initiative which is designed to focus energies and resources on areas of particular strength and uniqueness.

"It has been a great honor and privilege for me to serve St. Bonaventure as vice president and provost," Saal said. "I am enormously impressed by the quality and dedication of the faculty here. Likewise, our academic leaders --- the deans, directors, and department chairs --- are some of the finest I've ever had the pleasure to work with.

"In addition, Sr. Margaret is providing outstanding leadership to the University and I look forward to working with her closely in the months ahead."

Prior to coming to St. Bonaventure in 2001, he served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of Psychology at Mississippi State University. He previously spent 20 years in the Department of Psychology at Kansas State University, where he was promoted from assistant to full professor and served as head of the department for seven years prior to moving to Mississippi State.  

His wife, Catharine Saal, R.N., serves as coordinator of health education and wellness promotion for the University. The couple have three married children and six grandchildren, with a seventh on the way.

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Ferguson to step down, return to Ohio

David P. Ferguson, vice president for University Relations, has announced his resignation, effective Nov. 1, to accept a similar position at The University of Findlay, closer to his home and family in Ohio.

“During three and a half years at St. Bonaventure, Dave has shared some of our most difficult times, particularly as University spokesman and liaison to the Board of Trustees during the basketball troubles of 2003,” said University president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D.

“He has also shared some wonderful triumphs,” Sr. Margaret continued, noting that Ferguson, who took over the fund-raising department in 2003, helped to guide the University to two successive annual records in fund raising, in fiscal 2004 and in 2005, when the University raised more than $15 million. “We will miss Dave. We thank him for his devoted service to St. Bonaventure, and we wish him all the best.” 

“My years at St. Bonaventure have been enormously rewarding, professionally and personally,” Ferguson said in his resignation letter. “I have met many wonderful individuals and have been blessed with many rewarding friendships. … While I leave to be closer to one family, I know that I am leaving another group of people who have become, for me, a second family: persons I know, respect, admire and love. You will be with me all the days of my life.”

Ferguson joined St. Bonaventure in March 2002. Prior to coming to the University he served as associate vice chancellor for public relations of The State University of New York, where he was responsible for systemwide communications, marketing and public relations for the 64-campus institution. Prior to that position, he spent 12 years at The Ohio State University, completing his tenure as associate vice president for university relations.

Sr. Margaret noted that he will remain on board until Nov. 1 to ensure a smooth transition. “The fund-raising department is in the very capable hands of Andrea Trisciuzzi, associate vice president for development and campaign director, who is working with Dave on the public launch of our fund-raising campaign next month,” said the president. “The University is assessing leadership needs and soliciting opinions from an array of individuals regarding future directions.

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Fr. David Blake, O.F.M., to serve as interim head of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern

Fr. David D. Blake, O.F.M., assistant professor of sociology, has been named interim director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University's, serving for the academic year 2005-2006.

“David will become interim director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern,” said president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., announced to the University community. “He will continue the fine work done by Fr. Jud Weiksnar, founding director, and will work to further the integration of the center's work with the academic planning and curriculum development of our five schools. He brings his capability as a fine classroom teacher, a mentor to students and a young scholar in his field of sociology to the task.”

The Franciscan Center for Social Concern was founded in 1999 through a $500,000 gift from Holy Name Province, joined by a $250,000 gift from Immaculate Conception Province. It works to instill the values of peace, justice and the integrity of creation into all members of the St. Bonaventure community through a three-pronged approach of academics, service and advocacy. The center will report to the vice president for Franciscan Mission.

A member of the St. Bonaventure faculty since 2003, Fr. David holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Siena College with a minor in philosophy, a master of divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union, and a master of arts degree in sociology from the University at Buffalo, where he has just successfully defended his dissertation for a Ph.D. in sociology.

His dissertation, “Juvenile Justice and the Regulation of Parental Control,” centers on one of his major areas of study, juvenile delinquency; he also focuses on sociology of the family and adolescence.   In 2003, he co-presented “Parental Responsibility and Information as a Source of Capital in Juvenile Court” with Dr. Simon Singer of the University at Buffalo Department of Sociology, at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Boston.

In 2001, he co-authored with Singer a report, “Site Report from Two Juvenile Courts in a Northeast State,” which appeared in the American Bar Association's “Parent Involvement Practices of Juvenile Courts” Report to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice.

That same year, he presented on “Parental Involvement Practices of Juvenile Courts: Strengths and Weaknesses of the System,” during the University at Buffalo's Imagination, Negotiation and Boundaries Conference.

A native of Schuylerville, N.Y., Fr. David previously served as a research assistant to Singer and to Dr. Michael Farrell, also of the University at Buffalo's Department of Sociology, and taught at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo.

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St. Bonaventure remains top-level in U.S.News & World Report

U.S.News & World Report has again rated St. Bonaventure University among the best universities in the nation. St. Bonaventure ranked in the top level in “Master's Universities — North” among the best master's-level universities in the nation.  

The “America's Best Colleges” issue of U.S.News & World Report, which will hit newsstands Monday, ranks outstanding national, regional and liberal arts colleges throughout the country.  

St. Bonaventure finished in the top tier of the best northern regional universities, public or private, ranking 27th out of 165 master's-level colleges and universities in the north.  

The 572 institutions in the “Best Universities — Master's” category, which provide a full range of undergraduate and master's-level programs, are divided into four areas: north, south, Midwest and west. They are then ranked in tiers on criteria including peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni giving.  

St. Bonaventure is also one of the best buys in college education. The University ranked No. 11 in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category for Northern Universities — Master's. The ranking relates a school's academic quality to the cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.  

“These rankings, coupled with the accreditations we have earned in education, business and our liberal arts core, reinforce the value of a degree from St. Bonaventure — where values form the core of our institution,” said University president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D.  

“America's Best Colleges,” produced annually by U.S.News & World Report, serves as a guidebook for college-bound students. A complete listing may be found on the magazine's Web site (www.usnews.com).

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Thompson named new director of The Warming House

St. Bonaventure University's Warming House has a new director this year, who wants to help students make The Warming House a home, a place where all are welcome, all are fed and all are good.  

Trevor Thompson, associate University minister and director of The Warming House, as well as a 2004 graduate of The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure, says his big hope this year is to help students reflect on their experiences at The Warming House in light of what they are learning in other places of life and study.  

“Trevor brings both spirit and expertise to this new position, and will be a blessing to the campus community,” said Robert M. Donius, vice president for University Ministries.  

Thompson says that his studies in the Franciscan Institute prepared him for this new position by offering him a lens, a language and a way of life.  

“It's a way of seeing others as brothers and sisters, a way of speaking sensitively and insightfully about the human condition and a compassionate way of living among those marginalized by the injustices of our world,” said Thompson.  

“This ‘way' has been embodied by many throughout history, but Francis of Assisi provided in the footsteps of Jesus a particularly creative, universal and timely embodiment of the ‘good news.' My studies at the Institute have inspired me to live such a call,” he continued.  

Thompson explained that his responsibilities rest in two primary areas — with the University community as a ministering presence and among the brothers and sisters at The Warming House, one of the nation's oldest student-run soup kitchens. 

“In both cases, I see myself mostly as a mentor,” he said, “someone walking with others on this journey. I am, therefore, called to help those who volunteer at The Warming House to cook and serve the food, as well as to encourage them to sit with the tension of the hard questions of hunger, poverty, unemployment and sickness.  

“The Warming House stands on three values of community, nourishment and dignity. It's my responsibility to create a space where these values are being incarnated by all who come. It is also my duty to know and make available the many other resources in the Olean area for those in need,” he said.  

Thompson sees The Warming House as a “classroom outside of the classroom” environment for the University community, where the whole person is engaged and asked to grow.  

As an undergraduate, Thompson studied philosophy, English literature and classical languages at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.  

He previously taught high school English and religion for three years in western Ohio, worked on Canticle Farm, an organic community-supported agriculture venture in Allegany, and served as an editorial assistant for several books published by the Franciscan Institute.  

In addition to his work with The Warming House and its volunteers, Thompson also serves as the coordinator of “Build with Living Stones,” an international Franciscan adult education resource.   Thompson and his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Sophia Teva, reside in Allegany. They enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, writing, hiking and swimming.

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Bjorn Again to headline Family Weekend

Bjorn Again, the re-creation of the original experience of ABBA, will perform in the Reilly Center Arena during St. Bonaventure University's Family Weekend at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.  

Public tickets are $20 each and may be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the Reilly Center Arena's ticket office, all Tops Friendly Markets, by phone at (888) 223-6000, or online at tickets.com.  

“We believe that this will be a weekend that further strengthens the bridge between the Bona and Allegany communities by celebrating our friendship — bringing students and their families into Allegany to support local business and bringing the Allegany community to campus to share and enjoy what Bona's has to offer,” said Steve Plesac, director of student activities at St. Bonaventure.  

The “ABBA-solutely fabulous” Bjorn Again will perform all the greatest ABBA hits as they are meant to be seen and heard — in all their fantastic '70s glitz, complete with the costumes, dance moves and Swedish banter known and loved by ABBA fans everywhere.  

Bjorn Again's action-packed, fully live and interactive show creates the ultimate party atmosphere. Fans can sing along to hits including “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Take a Chance on Me” and much more.  

The members of Bjorn Again are currently in year 15 of their career as musical artists. They have performed more than 3,000 live shows in over 60 countries, selling out at venues such as the Wembley Stadium in England. They have released a number of videos, DVDs and two full-length albums. 

In February 1999 Benny Anderson — one of the original members of ABBA — stated live on London's capital radio, “Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because that's the closest they are going to get to seeing ABBA. ABBA will never reform!” For more information on Bjorn Again, go to www.bjornagain.com.  

St. Bonaventure University's Family Weekend will be highlighted not only by musical entertainment, but also by the first-ever Bonagany Street Festival, a family festival complete with music, food and entertainment that will pay tribute to the strong ties shared between SBU and Allegany.  

The fall fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on Main Street in Allegany. Features include a historical display that marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Franciscan friars in Western New York, a student club and organizational fair and free music by Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band.  

Allegany restaurants will be showcasing their favorite dishes along the sidewalk and inflatables, including a giant slide and rock-climbing wall, will be available to all ages in the parking lot of First Tier Bank. The rain site will be the covered complex at the Allegany Fireman's Park off North First Street.   Weekend festivities will come to a close at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, with a Family Weekend Sunday Eucharist in Reilly Center Arena. To stay up-to-date on all Family Weekend events, go to www.sbu.edu and click on “Student Activities” under “Campus.”  

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Freshmen flooding campus for Welcome Days

St. Bonaventure is welcoming new students with a four-day orientation program known as Welcome Days, continuing through Sunday.  

Welcome Days, begun in 2002, prepares new students for the start of the academic year by offering a series of required workshops directly related to the academic and social pressures of college.  

After check-in Thursday, dinner was served at Hickey Dining Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. The Welcome Days Ceremony followed from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. on the steps of Plassmann Hall. The rain site will be the University Chapel.  

From 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. today, students will have a chance to become familiar with professors and other students in their area of concentration during the academic department meeting with continental breakfast. The rest of the day, students will be participating in workshops such as “Unleash your inner Monster: Campus 2 Career,” “Things that Come Up”  and “What to do at Bona's.” 

 From 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. there will be various social activities for new students, including a dance party in the Rathskeller, movies in Murphy Auditorium and a free caricature acoustic musician in the Shay/Loughlen lounge.  

On Saturday, Aug. 27, there will be a transfer student meeting, federal work study meetings, computer proficiency exams and a workshop in the Reilly Center called “Beware of the Binge.” There will also be a comedy hypnotist in Hickey Dining Hall and student activities again until 2 a.m.  

Sunday, Aug. 28, will begin with Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the University Chapel and brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hickey Dining Hall. A new student trip to Mt. Irenaeus will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m., leaving from University Ministries. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 in Hickey Dining Hall and another Mass will be held at 9 p.m. in the University Chapel.

On Monday, Aug. 29, the fall semester begins. University hours are 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.

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Newsmakers ...

Dr. Barry L. Gan, professor of philosophy and director of the Nonviolence Program, presented a paper this past July at a conference on War, Peace and the Media held at Portland State University in Oregon.  His paper, titled ‘Pressed into War,' summarized the lies perpetrated by government and media prior to eight major U.S. military engagements of the last century. At the conference Gan also gave a reading from his recent anthology and served as a panelist following keynote presentations by Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Jack DuVall, PBS producer.


Br. Anthony LoGalbo, O.F.M., librarian for the Franciscan Institute collection, has been granted an academic year's leave of absence from St. Bonaventure University for study at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, England. Study modules constituting the program include such topics as Franciscan History, Theology of St. Bonaventure, Third Order Secular and Regular: History and Spirituality, Franciscan Mystical Tradition, etc.  Participation in the program is being funded by a study grant from Holy Name Province of Franciscan Friars. Br. Tony will leave campus Sept. 22  and return in the beginning of July 2006.

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